Hypertension (main)

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Background

Categorization of Hypertension[1]

^Many emergency physicians do not use the diagnosis of "hypertensive urgency," but utilize instead only hypertensive emergency (signs of end organ dysfunction) or asymptomatic hypertension (all others)

  • End organ damage results in Chest pain, Acute confusion, blurred vision or signs of kidney damage.

Differential Diagnosis

Hypertension

Management

  • See antihypertensive medications
  • It is always a good practice to repeat blood pressure after seeing an elevated reading.
  • Patients with Hypertensive urgency may be safely discharged once the pressure has come down to acceptable range.
  • Patients should always given a follow up appointment with the primary care physician.

References

  1. Levy PD. Hypertensive Emergencies — On the Cutting Edge. EMCREG - International. 2011. 19-26.