For your information: What is normal blood pressure?
Learn about blood pressure & blood tests with myGP. Blood tests can be used to check a variety of health conditions, including your overall general health.
What is normal blood pressure at different ages?
A normal blood pressure reading is between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg. If your reading was 90/60mmHg, this would mean that you have a systolic pressure (amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts) of 90mmHg and a diastolic pressure (amount of pressure when your heart is between beats) of 60mmHg. Your blood pressure naturally becomes lower as you get older but only by a few mmHgs.
Frequently asked questions
What is a healthy or normal blood pressure?
The ideal blood pressure should be 120/80mmHg.
- Systolic: lower than 90 mmHg
- Diastolic: lower than 60 mmHg
Find out more about low blood pressure.
Normal blood pressure levels
- Systolic: under 140 mmHg
- Diastolic: under 90 mmHg
Where high blood pressure may be present
- Systolic: between 140 and 180 mmHg
- Diastolic: between 90 and 110 mmHg
If your blood pressure levels sit in this range it is recommended to make an appointment to see your GP.
You have serious hypertension
- Systolic: higher than 180 mmHg
- Diastolic: higher than 110 mmHg
See a GP immediately if you are concerned about your blood pressure.
What do NHS blood tests check for?
Generally, blood tests have various uses and are one of the most common medical assessments and only take a few minutes to complete. Blood tests are usually used to:
- evaluate your general health
- find out if you have an infection or disease
- assess how well your organs are functioning such as your liver and kidneys
- diagnose genetic conditions
What can you have blood tests for?
Blood tests can tell many different things, they can tell if you have a virus or bacterial infection or low iron or vitamin levels as well as detect signs of genetic conditions among many other things including:
- Cholesterol levels
- Blood glucose
- Some cancers
- STIs including gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV
- Iron levels
- Genetic testing
- Liver function
- Thyroid function