How have antihypertensive medications affected the incidence and outcomes of hypertensive emergencies?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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With the advent of antihypertensives, the incidence of hypertensive emergencies has declined from 7% to approximately 1%. [13] In addition, the 1-year survival rate associated with this condition has increased from only 20% (prior to 1950) to more than 90% with appropriate medical treatment. [14] (See Medication.)


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