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High blood pressure is a health factor for seniors to watch and it is very common. It has been called “the silent killer” because it is a condition that is often not visible or noticeable. High blood pressure may result in heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and other health challenges. One of the few signs of high blood pressure is shortness of breath during exercise or light activity. Normal blood pressure is a systolic (heart pushing out blood) pressure of less than 120 and a diastolic (heart filled with blood) pressure of less than 80. In seniors, the systolic number is usually higher and if it is over 140, there is concern for developing other health problems.


(first number)

(second number)

Normal Blood Pressure

Less than 120

Less than 80


Between 120–139

Between 80–89

High Blood Pressure

140 or more

90 or more

Isolated Systolic Hypertension

140 or more

Less than 90


There are several things seniors can do to control high blood pressure. These things include:

  • Exercising daily for 30 minutes.
  • Eat a low salt diet.
  • Don’t smoke or drink excessively.
  • Get a full night’s sleep.
  • Eat a diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

It is important for seniors to have their blood pressure checked regularly and keep their doctor informed. Lifestyle changes may be all you need to lower your blood pressure, if it is too high, but blood pressure medication is also available and may help.

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