Sean Leary, D.O.

Treatment of Hypertensive Emergencies

Last week, we briefly defined hypertensive emergency as acute blood pressure elevation (SBP >180 and/or DBP>120) with evidence of end-organ damage. (Remember, hypertensive urgency is the same blood pressure elevation without end-organ damage).  Once we have identified a hypertensive emergency, what are our best treatment options? Below is a quick guide (not comprehensive) to some go-to options.

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