What Are Normal Ranges for Blood Pressure and Pulse?

What Are Normal Ranges for Blood Pressure and Pulse?

What Are Normal Ranges for Blood Pressure and Pulse?

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 millimeters of mercury, notes Johns Hopkins Medicine. In adults, a normal pulse rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute.

A blood pressure reading has two components, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure, explains Johns Hopkins Medicine. Systolic blood pressure, the top number in a blood pressure reading, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart muscle contracts. Diastolic blood pressure, the bottom number in a blood pressure reading, is the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats. Pulse is a measurement of the number of heartbeats a person has each minute. Pulse rate fluctuates with physical activity, emotional stress, injuries and illnesses.