Blood Pressure of 110/70. What Does It Mean?
Maybe you have just purchased a blood pressure monitor and have taken your first reading: 110/70. Or perhaps the assistant at the clinic read out your blood pressure and then hurried out of the office before you had a chance to ask what it meant. Either way, now you are wondering—is such a reading ok for you? Is it healthy?
Understanding Blood Pressure Readings: What Do These Two Numbers Mean?
First of all, if your reading is between 90/60 and 120/80, you can breathe a sigh of relief – you are okay. For healthy people it is totally normal to have such a value.
But here is the thing – you are not going to get that exact numbers every single time when you measure your Blood pressure. So it is important to understand not just what the particular reading means, but to put some context around it.
So to start, you need to understand the two numbers and their significance. Blood pressure is measured in mm Hg, or “millimetres of mercury”.
- The top number (110 in this case) is your systolic blood pressure. This is your blood pressure during your heartbeats.
- The bottom number (70 in this case) is your diastolic blood pressure. This is your blood pressure between your heartbeats.
Read more on how to measure and interpret blood pressure numbers in the following article: How to check your blood pressure without equipment.
Is 110/70 Normal Blood Pressure?
It is a completely normal reading. In fact, it is right in the middle of the healthy blood pressure range, as displayed in the chart below.
As you can see, healthy blood pressure numbers are as follows:
- Systolic (top number): 90-120 mm Hg
- Diastolic (bottom number): 60-80 mm Hg
Neither the top nor the bottom number is at the high or low extreme. In short, a blood pressure of 110/70 is not just normal, it is pretty ideal. So you should be very happy with your reading.
How Much Variance Is Normal Throughout the Day?
If you get a BP monitor and start taking measurements at home, your numbers might average out to a normal level, but you will notice that sometimes your pressure is significantly higher or lower.
Sometimes your BP might spike up to 120/80, and other times it might dip down to 60/90. It might even range beyond those thresholds.
Some variation is normal and expected. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that blood pressure is usually lower at night while you sleep. It rises through the day and will generally be at its highest around mid-afternoon. At that point, it starts to drop again. Age impacts your BP as well. Generally speaking, the older you get, the higher your blood pressure is likely to be.
Additionally, your BP can fluctuate due to:
- Hormonal changes
- Sexual activity
- Stress or anxiety
- Talking during measurements
- Drugs or alcohol
- Room temperature
- A full bladder
- Salt intake
So do not be surprised if your reading is not always the same. In most cases, fluctuations are not a concern. If you just ate a salty meal and you take your measurement, your reading could easily spike above your normal blood pressure. After a hot shower, it could drop.
What Constitutes High Blood Pressure?
So how high is too high? 120/80 is the upper end of what is considered “optimal.” Here are the stages of hypertension:
140/90 is considered “borderline.”
110/70 is nowhere near 140/90. So you are in great shape and probably do not need to worry about hypertension at this point. Just remember that you need to continue with the same healthy choices you are making now if you want to keep your BP in a healthy range.
What Constitutes Low Blood Pressure?
If your average reading is 110/70, during certain times of days or activities, your blood pressure may dip quite a bit. You might find yourself hovering around 60/90—or even occasionally dropping below.
Low blood pressure is not as common a problem as BP that is too high, so it is harder to find information. WebMD however is a good source, stating
Chronic low blood pressure with no symptoms is almost never serious.
In fact, what constitutes “low” blood pressure for one person might actually be totally normal for another. This is particularly true in the case of athletes.
So if your blood pressure sometimes dips but you feel fine for the most part, you are probably good to go, especially if you are averaging out to a normal and healthy measured value.
If you do experience symptoms of low blood pressure, you should talk to your doctor to find out whether or not your symptoms pose a health concern.
After Finding Out Your BP Reading: What Are You Supposed To Do?
So now that you know your BP is around 110 70, what can you do to stay healthy? Well, the good news is that you are already on the right track. Your reading is great, so you just need to maintain it.
The video above is a great starting point for learning how to lower blood pressure naturally. You can also check out foods to lower blood pressure here, and check out other natural methods for lowering and maintaining blood pressure at this link.
Keep eating a nutritious diet and continue with healthy lifestyle habits like regular exercise. If you are a smoker, consider quitting. Enjoy drinking and caffeine in moderation, and do what you can to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. While you are at it, learn to relax and de-stress. This will ensure that your blood pressure continues to stay in the healthy range over the years to come.
Conclusion: Blood Pressure 110 Over 70 Is Normal and Healthy
Now you know what your blood pressure reading means. You do need to take regular readings throughout the day to really get a feel for whether 110/70 is your average. But if it is (or is close to that), you are in great shape. Just keep up with your healthy lifestyle choices and you can maintain your cardiovascular health now and in the future!