Actually it depends upon what you are doing and if you had recently exercised. It is lower if you are taking beta blockers or a similar med when at rest. It can vary quite a bit depending upon how you are feeling emotionally as well.
To know what your current BP is, the following may help you. Lay down completely relaxed. First do left arm. Then do right arm. See if they are close in numbers. Now, Do this sitting and keep legs uncrossed and no talking. Next. Stand up. Do the same while standing, no talking. Record those. If they are very similar, won't be identical, then you are doing fine for you. If not close then the doctor needs to know.
If there is a real difference then get in to see the doctor soon. BP changes often. If one becomes agitated, anxious and frightened, it will be very different than totally peaceful. People who exercise a lot have much lower BP than those who do not. Your physician will discuss with you the range you ought to have, again, it depends upon medications, general health and so forth.
50 something may be a one time occurrence. The trend is important. Also, taking multiple BP readings on the same arm in a short time will give false readings. Let there be time between intervals.
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