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What is considered high blood pressure for an old female?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Clinical Lipidology

In brief: Depends on how old

Optimal blood pressure is under 120/80.
Risk for heart disease and stroke begins to rise at 115/75. The elderly are "allowed" a bit higher blood pressure because the arteries may be stiff and not tolerant of 'normal' blood pressure. However, if well tolerated, it's best to stay under 120/80 for life. Allowance in the elderly should be considered by your doctor based on your health.

In brief: Depends on how old

Optimal blood pressure is under 120/80.
Risk for heart disease and stroke begins to rise at 115/75. The elderly are "allowed" a bit higher blood pressure because the arteries may be stiff and not tolerant of 'normal' blood pressure. However, if well tolerated, it's best to stay under 120/80 for life. Allowance in the elderly should be considered by your doctor based on your health.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Dr. Maureen Mays
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