A healthy blood pressure can be maintained by personal behaviors and by taking prescription medications that lower blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and stroke, which are primary causes of death in women.
According to the Mayo Clinic, healthy blood pressure ranges for adult women age 20 years and older are 90 to 119 for systolic blood pressure and 60 to 79 for diastolic blood pressure.
Healthy blood pressure ranges are used as a way to evaluate overall health, and readings are done routinely at medical checkups and well-woman exams to screen for problems.
According to the Mayo Clinic, menopausal women who use hormone therapy may be at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure than women who do not use the therapy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, women may be more likely to develop high blood pressure during pregnancy due to the increased physical demands on the body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, moderate exercise together with a healthy diet may lower both the risk of high blood pressure and obesity. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure may lower medical costs for treating complications that result from high blood pressure.
To keep blood pressure within healthy ranges, women can maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, quit smoking, consume alcohol only in moderation and take blood pressure medication if told to do so by a doctor.
According to the American Nurses Association, women who are not able to maintain a healthy blood pressure during pregnancy risk developing kidney damage, having a premature delivery and delivering a low birth weight baby.