Ask the Doc - Karan Munuswamy, MD, Cardiologist: Optimal Blood Pressure

Ask the Doc - Karan Munuswamy, MD, Cardiologist: Optimal Blood Pressure

  • Posted Jul 23, 2015
  • Karan Munuswamy, MD

Q: What is the optimal blood pressure?

Dr. Munuswamy:

Although 120/80 mm of Hg or lower is the ideal blood pressure goal, presently there is no evidence that lowering blood pressure with medications to that level has any benefit in lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke. Therefore, present BP treatment goals are:

• Less than 150/90 mm of Hg if you are a healthy adult, age 60 or older. 
• Less than 140/90 mm of Hg If you are a healthy adult, younger than age 60. 
• Less than 140/90 mm of Hg with chronic kidney disease, diabetes or with underlying blocked arteries to the heart, irrespective of age.     

Dr. Munuswamy is a cardiologist and hypertension specialist who practices with the Holy Cross Medical Group in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For referral information, call 954-900-6659. 

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