Free online Blood Pressure Calculator to find out the optimal blood pressure by age. We also have an easy to use Blood Press Chart by Age and many tips for successfully fights against high blood pressure.
Information regarding the optimal blood pressure and using the Blood Pressure Calculator
1. How does the Blood Pressure Calculator work?
You only need to give your age and click Calculate to see the recommended blood pressure for your age which you can compare your measured blood pressure parameters (to understand the blood pressure numbers, and the meaning of the first and second number, read the sections below). Regarding the calculation, we use the recommendation of the American Heart Association and also other relevant sources to give you an estimate. Don’t forget that if you experience any of the symptoms below and/or your blood pressure is above / below normal, you need to consult your doctor immediately and get tested to determine the best course of action. The Blood Pressure Calculator is not a substitute for consulting your doctor personally.
2. What are the two recorded blood pressure numbers mean?
• The first number is always the Systolic blood pressure which indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls when the heart beats.
• The second number is always the Diastolic blood pressure which indicates how much pressure your blood is exerting against your artery walls while the heart is resting between beats.
3. Which number is more important, the systolic or the diastolic blood pressure?
The first (systolic) number is more important because the too-high systolic blood pressure can be a signal for cardiovascular disease for people over 50. In most people, systolic blood pressure rises steadily with age due to the increasing stiffness of large arteries, long-term buildup of plaque and an increased incidence of cardiac and vascular disease. However, either an elevated systolic or an elevated diastolic blood pressure reading may be used to make a diagnosis of high blood pressure. According to recent studies, the risk of death from ischemic heart disease and stroke doubles with every 20 mm Hg systolic or 10 mm Hg diastolic increase among people from age 40 to 89.
3. What is high blood pressure exactly?
Blood pumping through the circulatory system is under pressure and high blood pressure can cause a wide range of problem over time. Hypertension occurs when the force exerted against artery walls is abnormally high. As a result of hypertension, the heart can become enlarged, which means that it’s increasing the danger of heart failure. Damage to blood vessels in the kidneys can cause them to fail. Because tiny blood vessels in the eyes are especially vulnerable to damage, hypertension can lead to vision problems and even blindness.
4. How to read blood pressure values? Which blood pressure number is worse to be high?
Regarding a new guideline developed in 2017 by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and nine other health organizations lowered the numbers for the diagnosis of hypertension (which is the high blood pressure) to 130/80 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg) and higher for all adults. The previous guidelines set the threshold at 140/90 mm Hg for people younger than age 65 and 150/80 mm Hg for those ages 65 and older.
5. Blood pressure chart, Blood pressure Categories
Blood Pressure Chart according to the American Heart Association
|BLOOD PRESSURE CATEGORY||SYSTOLIC mm Hg (upper number)||DIASTOLIC mm Hg (lower number)|
|NORMAL||LESS THAN 120||and||LESS THAN 80|
|ELEVATED||120 – 129||and||LESS THAN 80|
|HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) STAGE 1||130 – 139||or||80 – 89|
|HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (HYPERTENSION) STAGE 2||140 OR HIGHER||or||90 OR HIGHER|
|HYPERTENSIVE CRISIS (consult your doctor immediately)||HIGHER THAN 180||and/or||HIGHER THAN 120|
Blood Pressure Chart by Age
6. Is there any way to control and fight against high blood pressure?
Yes of course. You can not only control but even help prevent high blood pressure with choosing and/or using the following healthy techniques as soon as possible:
• No smoking (or stop smoking ASAP)
• Reducing salt and fat intake
• Drinking as little alcohol as possible (you don’t need to be totally abstinent)
• Getting regular exercise in almost any form of physical activity
• Generally following a healthy diet with eating lots of fruit and vegetables
• Getting at least six hours of sleep per night
• Maintaining a healthy weight (which one is really easy if you already doing the things above)
7. Is there any vitamin, minerals, herbs which can help on keeping the blood pressure in the optimum zone?
High blood pressure diet and regular exercise are the best things you can do to fight against hypertension. Besides this, there are several vitamins and nutrition you can use to help keep your blood pressure in the normal zone. These are the following:
• Vitamin E
• Alpha-linolenic acid
• Cod-liver oil
• Q10 coenzyme
• Omega−3 fatty acids
8. How can I measure my blood pressure correctly?
There are several things which you should take care of getting correct results on a blood pressure measurement. Here are the most important ones regarding Harvard Health Publishing:
Before the measurement:
• 30 minutes before the test don’t drink any caffeinated beverage and also do not smoke.
•Keep calm and sit in a chair before the measurement begins.
During the measurement:
• Sit in a chair with your feet on the floor and your arm supported so your elbow is at about heart level.
• Don’t talk during the measurement.
• If you are unsure, you can (or your doctor can) check your blood pressure on both of your arms.
If you like this calculator you should also try out the Waist-to-Hip Calculator which also tells you important information regarding your health.