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A friend was just diagnosed with a high blood pressure emergency, is that a serious condition?
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Dr. Mark Rasak
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
A hypertensive emergency is when the blood pressure is so high it's caused an acute event.
One such example might be a stroke a heart attack or heart failure would be another. A hypertensive urgency is a very high blood pressure but no end organ damage has yet to occur. Either way an aggressive program needs to be implemented to lower the pressure.

In brief: Yes
A hypertensive emergency is when the blood pressure is so high it's caused an acute event.
One such example might be a stroke a heart attack or heart failure would be another. A hypertensive urgency is a very high blood pressure but no end organ damage has yet to occur. Either way an aggressive program needs to be implemented to lower the pressure.
Dr. Mark Rasak
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
The word emergency means "a condition of urgent need for action or assistance" (american heritage dictionary).
If the blood pressure is not seriously elevated, we just call it "high blood pressure". Calling it an emergency, implies that the blood pressure is very seriously elevated and causing distress (like chest pain (angina) or shortness of breath (congestive heart failure).

In brief: Yes
The word emergency means "a condition of urgent need for action or assistance" (american heritage dictionary).
If the blood pressure is not seriously elevated, we just call it "high blood pressure". Calling it an emergency, implies that the blood pressure is very seriously elevated and causing distress (like chest pain (angina) or shortness of breath (congestive heart failure).
Dr. Bennett Werner
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