Hypertensive Emergency

Hypertensive emergencies are a grab bag of diagnoses that all need to be treated differently - Claire Heslop

Hypertensive Emergency

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Hypertensive Emergency: Pearls and Pitfalls for the ED Physician

Hypertensive emergency is characterized by severe hypertension, defined as systolic blood pressure (SBP) >180mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) >120mmHg, with evidence of end-organ dysfunction. Hypertensive emergencies require prompt recognition and treatment with IV antihypertensives to prevent from potentially fatal sequalae.

In contrast, hypertensive urgencies present with severe hypertension, SBP >180mmHg or DBP >120mmHg, but lack evidence of end-organ failure and therefore can often be managed with optimization of oral antihypertensives...

With a multitude of intravenous (IV) antihypertensives available, it canbequite painstaking to acutely navigate treatment options.…

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