How is the nature, severity, and management of a hypertensive event determined?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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The history and physical examination determine the nature, severity, and management of the hypertensive event. The history should focus on the presence of end-organ dysfunction, the circumstances surrounding the hypertension, and any identifiable etiology. The physical examination should assess whether end-organ dysfunction is present (eg, neurologic, cardiovascular).


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