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If you are 78 and your blood pressure is 117 over 40 what does that mean

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Mikale is right. The top number is ok. (Systolic) the bottom number (diastolic) is low. Are you on any new meds? Either way, you should get that checked soon. Also, in the meantime, if you can, check your readings randomly during the day. Check Lt. arm, right arm, sitting and standing. Record your readings so your doctor can get a better idea of what's going on. Good luck.

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isn't that a good range?

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120/80 is normal...you're a bit low.

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3 times she has asked this question ! I told her to google WebMd and they have a chart and explanations .
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4th time might be too late...8(
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Blood pressure of 117 over 40 for a 78 year old means that you have a normal blood pressure. The number 117 is the systolic blood pressure number, while 40 is the diastolic blood pressure number. You can find detailed explanations from http://www.coronary-heart-health.com/blood-pressure-results.html.

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As the systolic pressure rises with age due to the stiffening of the aorta, more blood is forced into surrounding blood vessels during the heart beat, and this then causes less volume of blood remaining during the resting phase to maintain the diastolic blood pressure, which is why it can become significantly lower than the rising systolic. This can develop into diastolic hypotension.

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