7.2 Acceptable blood pressure levels

Item 1.10 of table 67.150, Item 2.10 of table 67.155 2.10, and Item 3.10 of table 67.160 of the CASR specify that the systolic and diastolic blood pressures are within limits specified by CASA from time to time in the (even if approved drugs are used to maintain the blood pressure within those limits).

The acceptable upper limits are as follows:

  • Systolic BP: 150 mm of Hg
  • Diastolic BP: 90 mm of Hg.

Applicants with blood pressure levels above this cut-off must be referred to their treating doctor, and it is recommended that applicants with high normal levels also seek medical review to minimise long-term complications.

Note: These upper limits are higher than best practice for medical management, and have been chosen to allow for variation in and between management regimes. Refer to RACGP Red Book for further information.

Note: Higher BP recordings may increase the Cardiovascular risk Index (CRI).

Updated: 11 April 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//search-centre/manuals-and-handbooks/designated-aviation-medical-examiners-handbook/72-acceptable-blood-pressure-levels
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