The ideal blood pressure for both women and men is 120/80 millimeters of mercury, according to Mayo Clinic. Elevated readings indicate various states of hypertension, or high blood pressure.
A reading between 120 to 139 systolic or 80 to 89 diastolic indicates prehypertension, according to Mayo Clinic. Doctors recommend the adoption of a healthy lifestyle to treat prehypertension. A reading of 140 to 159 systolic or 90 and 99 diastolic indicate stage 1 hypertension, which may require treatment with medication. A reading of 160 or more systolic or 100 or more diastolic indicates stage 2 hypertension, which often requires treatment with more than one medication.