What Is Normal Blood Pressure for a 60-Year-Old
According to current guidelines from the AHA, normal blood pressure for adults under the age of 65 is any blood pressure below 120/80 mmHg

According to current guidelines from the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure for adults under the age of 65 is any blood pressure below 120/80 mmHg.

Average blood pressure readings for both men and women vary and often increase with age.

What causes hypertension in people over age 60?

  • Age: Blood pressure increases with age, as more pressure is exerted on the artery walls.
  • Obesity: Overweight and obese people tend to be at increased risk of hypertension.
  • Salt intake: Consumption of high amounts of sodium is a risk factor for hypertension.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: As people get older, their levels of daily physical activity may reduce and lead to a greater risk of hypertension.
  • Alcohol intake: Drinking too much alcohol can increase the risk of hypertension.

How can hypertension be prevented?

Exercise is undeniably the best way to reduce the risk of hypertension. Recommendations regarding physical activity according to the World Health Organization are as follows:

  • Adults under age 65: 
    • 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week
    • 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week
    • Equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity
  • Adults age 65 and older: In addition to following the recommendations for the age group of 18-65, people in this age group with poor mobility can engage in exercises designed to improve balance 3 or more days a week.

Other ways to reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure include:

  • Quitting smoking
  • Eating nutritious, balanced meals
  • Managing diabetes and other medical conditions

How is hypertension managed in people over 60?

Conservative management

Lifestyle modifications are the first step in managing high blood pressure, and includes monitoring diet and exercise as well as quitting smoking and alcohol consumption.

Medical management

Classes of drugs that are used in the treatment of hypertension include:

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Medically Reviewed on 12/15/2021
References
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https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/4314-hypertension-high-blood-pressure

https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/241381-overview

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/overview-of-hypertension-in-adults