For most people, it is advisable to target values of a maximum pressure (systolic) below 140 mmHg, and a minimum pressure (diastolic) below 90 mmHg.
In elderly patients (under 80 years of age), a maximum pressure (systolic) not less than or equal to 160 mmHg is suggested, with a gradual reduction to between 150 mmHg. Where not contraindicated, for healthy elderly people, value below 140 mmHg are advisable.
In otherwise healthy elderly (over 80 years of age) with a maximum blood pressure (systolic) greater than or equal to 160 mmHg, it is suggested to gradually reduce value to 140 - 150 mmHg.
In diabetic patients, it is also recommended to reduce the minimum (diastolic) blood pressure below 85 mmHg as well.