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What would the typical vitals be of someone who is having a hypertensive emergency?
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: More than numbers
In keeping with theme of treating patients, not just numbers, we don't have a typical cutoff at which we make a diagnosis of hypertensive emergency.
Rather we look for associated (potential) evidence of end-organ damage. Someone who walks into an office for regular check up w/o complaint might be managed as outpt whereas someone complaining of headache, etc might have more aggressive treatment.

In brief: More than numbers
In keeping with theme of treating patients, not just numbers, we don't have a typical cutoff at which we make a diagnosis of hypertensive emergency.
Rather we look for associated (potential) evidence of end-organ damage. Someone who walks into an office for regular check up w/o complaint might be managed as outpt whereas someone complaining of headache, etc might have more aggressive treatment.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin
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Dr. Joan Gelin
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Urgency vs emergency
Pre-hypertension generally goes above 120 systolic, 80 diastolic.
Recent guidelines gave 140/90 and higher BP readings as hypertension. But the numbers are a range in people who don't have short-term serious illnesses. Over time the constantly high BP damages your blood vessels. Complications from this include : heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, loss of eyesight...These are emergent, goto ED

In brief: Urgency vs emergency
Pre-hypertension generally goes above 120 systolic, 80 diastolic.
Recent guidelines gave 140/90 and higher BP readings as hypertension. But the numbers are a range in people who don't have short-term serious illnesses. Over time the constantly high BP damages your blood vessels. Complications from this include : heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, loss of eyesight...These are emergent, goto ED
Dr. Joan Gelin
Dr. Joan Gelin
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