21. An ideal blood pressure is between 100/60 and 120/80.
Some things can cause your blood pressure reading to be higher than your actual blood pressure. Of course, one is a blood pressure machine that does not work. Another thing that can throw your reading off is if you were recently exercising hard or feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Visiting the doctor’s office is often a stressful event on a good day, and that stress can turn into a high blood pressure reading. Still, that very natural amount of stress should not be enough to elevate your blood pressure by more than a few points. Exceptionally high stress, such as that due to a traumatic event, though, can cause your blood pressure to skyrocket. If your blood pressure is between 100/60 and 120/80, you will probably do well.
A systolic pressure between 120 and 129 is considered elevated, and between 130 and 139 is stage one hypertension (high blood pressure). One hundred forty and above is considered stage two hypertension, and at this point, your doctor will probably recommend medication to lower it. A systolic rate above 180 is a warning sign of an impending cardiac event, such as a stroke or heart attack. If you are anyone else ever has a systolic rate of 180, you need to call 911 immediately.