A member asked:

I checked my blood pressure and it was 168/117 i have a head ach and my hands and arms are swollen should i be worried ?

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Dr. Olav Jaren answered

Specializes in Neurology

Your blood pressure is elevated, but this by itself is not an emergency. It is likely to be a cause of your headache. It may or may not be associated with the arm and hand symptoms. Having a BP this high suggests you should have some treatment. Do you use any medicines? Today is a good time to see your doctor. If they cannot see you, they may refer you to urgent care. Good luck!

Answered May 21, 2016

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Dr. Adam Smith answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

A sudden rise in BP to 168/117 with associated symptoms of headache and upper extremity swelling warrants a prompt in-person medical evaluation in the ER.

Answered Sep 29, 2016

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Dr. Loretta Obi answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

BP that high in someone your age is abnormal, also with the associated symptoms, I recommend you see a doctor today ASAP or go to an urgent care facility or an ER. The risks of untreated hypertension includes stroke, heart attack/failure, kidney damage to name a few. Good Luck.

Answered Sep 16, 2017

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