Blood Pressure Patterns by Age

Jan 11, 20234


Blood pressure is comparable for males and females; however, the typical tendency is that the reading increases with age, therefore normal fluctuations tend to become higher for older persons. Female blood pressure is greater than male blood pressure after menopause, while after puberty, female blood pressure is lower than male blood pressure.

Studies have shown that blood pressure may be predicted by ethnicity, although this relationship is more likely societal than biological. When assessing the risk of hypertension, ethnicity must be taken into account as an influencing variable.

This article offers a blood pressure chart broken down by age and gender and explains how medical professionals distinguish between "acceptable" blood pressure and hypertension, or high blood pressure. (Aktiia, 2023)

What is An Age-Grade's Normal Blood Pressure?

In children and teenagers, what is deemed "normal" blood pressure varies depending on age. (Lapum et al., 2018)




infants up to one month old

60 to 91 mm Hg

20 to 60 mm Hg


87 to 105 mm Hg

53 to 66 mm Hg


95 to 105 mm Hg

53 to 66 mm Hg

Young children

95 to 110 mm Hg

56 to 70 mm Hg

Children at school

97 to 112 mm Hg

57 to 71 mm Hg


112 to 128 mm Hg

66 to 80 mm Hg 

The average blood pressure in adulthood, broken down by age and gender: 

Ages 18 to 39

110/69 mm Hg

119/72 mm Hg

Ages 40to59

123/74 mm Hg

125/77 mm Hg

more than 60 years

138/68 mm Hg

132/69 mm Hg

Adult blood pressure can be classified into one of five groups in addition to the averages shown in the blood pressure table by gender and age below: (Baptist health, 2022)





No more than 120

No more than 80


120 to 129

Decreased 80

Hypertensive Phase 1

130 to 139

80 to 89

Hypertensive phase 2

141 or more

91 or more

Hypertension Crisis

Greater than 120

greater than 180

Age, gender, race, weight, physical activity, emotions/stress, pregnancy, diurnal rhythm, medication usage, and disease processes are some of the factors that affect blood pressure.

What's the Relationship Between Age and High Bp and Why You Should Worry?

Some medical professionals concentrate on the first value, which is the systolic pressure. If you are aged than 50, a high systolic arterial pressure result is a significant indicator of heart disease. Age-related systolic hypertension is caused by a persistent plaque accumulation and arterial stiffness. Heart and vascular disorders are more likely to strike someone with elevated systolic blood pressure. Your vessels tend to stiffen with age, and plaque—a fatty substance—can accumulate inside of them, increasing blood pressure. Overly elevated blood pressure increases the tendency of coronary artery disease, sudden stroke, and other conditions. (Harvard health, 2018)

To identify high blood pressure, one can utilize either the diastolic or systolic blood pressure values. According to recent research, every 20 mm Hg hypertension or 10 mm Hg diastolic measurement increases the chance of mortality for those between aged of 40 and 89 from ischemic coronary artery disease or stroke by twice.

The mean heart rate for men and women globally in 2015 was 127/79 mm Hg and 122/77 mm Hg, respectively, according to a research analysis that was published in the Lancet.

Due to its widespread prevalence, high blood pressure has been given priority by the World Health Organization. A potential indicator of cardiovascular disease, one of the most prevalent illnesses and leading causes of mortality in England, is elevated blood pressure. (Lapum et al., 2018)


Irrespective of whether the purpose of the medical examination is to assess heart health, most examinations begin with taking a patient's blood pressure since it provides information to your medical team about how well their cardiovascular system is doing.

Age should be considered when interpreting blood pressure results. If you fall into an elevated range, your follow-up routine may change. What's typical for someone your age might be elevated for someone your age.


1.Blood Pressure Table by Age | Aktiia. (2023, June 13).

2.Lapum, J. L., Verkuyl, M., Garcia, W., St-Amant, O., & Tan, A. (2018). What are Blood Pressure Ranges?

3.Baptist Health. (2022, November 4). Healthy Blood Pressure by Age and Gender (Chart) - Baptist Health.

4.Harvard Health Publishing. (2018, April). Reading the new blood pressure guidelines - Harvard Health. Harvard Health; Harvard Health.


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