What Your Blood Pressure Should Be (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly
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An Archives of Internal Medicine study revealed the normal blood pressure levels for people depending on their ages.  

If a patient is 20 to 24 years old, a normal blood pressure level is 120 / 79. The max blood pressure for someone in that age range should be 130 / 83. For someone in the range of 30 to 34 years old, normal blood pressure is 122 / 81 — with max blood pressure being 134 / 85.

The chart below shows the appropriate blood pressure levels for various age ranges.

The study, Nutrilover reported, found that the typical one-size-fits-all approach to treating high blood pressure has ben proven inconsistent. Treatment for high blood pressure on a 50-year-old is often vastly different than treatment for an 80-year-old.

One thing to keep in mind is that a single high reading does not necessarily mean that someone has high blood pressure, noted. If the readings stay in the high range over time, however, the person should adjust their eating habits and lifestyle.

A result of 180 or higher on a second reading means that treatment should be sought immediately for a hypertensive crisis. 

Tulsa World contributor Dr. K recently revealed that deep breathing could be beneficial in lowering blood pressure, particularly when it’s caused by stress.

Dr. K wrote in a recent piece when asked about stress-induced high blood pressure:

One beginner method is called equal breathing. It is based on inhaling through the nose for a count of four and exhaling for a count of four. With time, this cycle can be prolonged to counts of eight in, eight out. Another method, called guided visualization, encourages users to hold on to calming mental images as they breathe deeply.

He also wrote:

There is only one non-drug treatment approved for hypertension by the FDA, a device called RESPeRATE. It uses musical tones to guide deep abdominal breathing. Its goal is to reduce the number of breaths to under 10 per minute and to prolong each exhalation. Clinical trials have shown that daily RESPeRATE use lowered blood pressure, sometimes as much as a blood pressure pill would have. This lowering effect also lasted long after each session.

Deep breathing may or may not eliminate the need for blood pressure medications, but it can be helpful. And if you can do it, think about how you might be able to reduce the major stressors in your life.

Sources: Nutrilover,, Tulsa World / Photo credit: via Wikimedia Commons, Nutrilover

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