What are the established standards for normal and hypertensive blood pressure values? According to my doctor diastolic pressures are nowadays ignored, as they are not meaningful (surprisingly). Systolic blood pressure is regarded as an important value, but a female under 40 is allowed to have a systolic pressure of 180. This because the chance of dying from cardiovascular disease in the coming 10 years is only 1%. It surprises me that the chance of dying of cardiovascular illness in the coming 10 years is used as the standard. Between the age of 40–60: only a female of 55–60 year old, who is a smoker, has high cholesterol, a systolic blood pressure of >180 and thus a 22% chance of dying the coming 10 years of cardiovascular disease would get medical treatment. Men have a much higher risk. It would lead me to conclude (based on the risk table) that a female doesn't need to measure blood pressure, unless she's 65+ years old or has a strong family history. The guideline seems to ignore the effect of blood pressure on other organs, is it a good one?