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Guide to Blood Pressure Ranges

There are five blood pressure ranges recognized by the American Heart Association: normal, elevated, Hypertension Stage 1, Hypertenion Stage 2, and Hypertensive Crisis. These ranges are further divided into systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure, read as systolic over diastolic (Ex: 120/80). It is expected that nurses have a strong working knowledge of the most commonly tested labs, normal lab value ranges, and their implications. Please note: the normal range of lab values may differ by location, altitude, age, gender, etc.


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Guide to Blood Pressure Ranges
 

AGE SYSTOLIC DIASTOLIC
BIRTH  67-84 35-53
INFANT
(1-2 MONTHS)
72-104 37-56
TODDLER
(1-2 YEARS)
86-106 42-63
PRE-SCHOOL
(3-5 YEARS)
89-112 49-72
SCHOOL-AGE CHILD
(6-9 YEARS)
97-115 57-76
PRE-ADOLESCENT
(9-11 YEARS)
102-120 61-80
ADOLESCENT
(11-15 YEARS)
110-128 64-83
ADULT
(15+ YEARS)
   
NORMAL < 120 < 80
PRE-HYPERTENSION 120-139 80-89
HYPERTENSION STAGE 1 140-159 90-99
HYPERTENSION STAGE 2 ≥ 160 ≥ 100
HYPERTENSION CRISIS > 180 > 110


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