What percentage of patients presenting to an emergency department have increased blood pressure (BP) and how are they managed?

Updated: Feb 22, 2019
  • Author: Matthew R Alexander, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Eric H Yang, MD  more...
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Approximately 3-45% of adult patients presenting to an emergency department have at least one increased BP during their stay in the ED, but only a small percentage of patients will require emergency treatment. However, medical therapy and close follow-up are necessary in patients who present to the ED with acutely elevated BPs (systolic BP >200 mm Hg or diastolic BP >120 mm Hg) that remain significantly elevated until discharge. [96]


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