Beat per minute
Hypertension classifications may only appropriate when subject is not taking
antihypertensive medications and they are acutely ill. When the systolic and
diastolic pressures fall into different categories, the higher category is used
to classify blood pressure status.
Optimal blood pressure is approximately 120 / 80 mm Hg. Medical intervention
is often prescribed by a physician for those with an average blood pressure of
140/90 or greater on at least 2 separate visits following initial screening.
Use appropriately size cuffs. The bladder in the cuff should cover two thirds
the arm circumference to avoid false measurements.
ACSM (2001), ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing
and Prescription, 4th ed., pg 7.
YMCA of the USA (2000), YMCA Fitness Testing and Assessment Manual, 4th
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