How High Can BP Go During Exercise?

Q:  If your blood pressure is normal, how high could it go during exercise and what would be a dangerous number.  Also with high blood pressure numbers normally, what would be a dangerous number during hard exercise?

A:  Blood pressure should stay within the normal range during exercise. Heart rate is what is typically used to determine an exercise goal.  You want to exercise enough to get a good workout, but not so much that you put your heart at risk.

To calculate a target heart rate based simply on age take a look at this chart created by the American Heart Association and READ MORE here about Target Heart Rates.

AGE TARGET HR ZONE 50-85% AVERAGE Max. HEART RATE, 100%
20 years 100-170 beats per minute 200 beats per minute
30 years 95-162 beats per minute 190 beats per minute
35 years 93-157 beats per minute 185 beats per minute
40 years 90-153 beats per minute 180 beats per minute
45 years 88-149 beats per minute 175 beats per minute
50 years 85-145 beats per minute 170 beats per minute
55 years 83-140 beats per minute 165 beats per minute
60 years 80-136 beats per minute 160 beats per minute
65 years 78-132 beats per minute 155 beats per minute
70 years 75-128 beats per minute 150 beats per minute

 

 

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