The normal blood pressure rate for both men and women is 119/79, according to the National Institutes of Health. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries.
The first number in a blood pressure reading is the systolic pressure, which is the pressure when the heart beats, explains the NIH. The second number is the diastolic pressure, and it is when the heart is at rest. When blood pressure is written, the systolic number is the first, and the diastolic number is the second. A high blood pressure is 140/90 or higher, and it can lead to serious problems, including stroke, heart attack and heart failure.