My mother is in her early 50's, she's never smoked, does not drink and does not eat red meat. She has always been very health-conscious and besides a thyroid problem a couple of years ago, she's never been diagnosed with any illnesses. Two months ago, she started feeling weak and disoriented all of a sudden, and it turns out her blood pressure had spiked to the point where she could not get home from a neighbor's house. After a trip to the ER where she got an anti-anxiety pill, she was back to normal for a couple of days. The problem is that this sudden spike in blood pressure keeps coming back, about once a week or so. It seems to always happen in the early evening, especially when she's walking to or from her house, running errands, etc.
I have told her to go see a doctor right away, but she doesn't seem to think there is any reason to get an appointment in a hurry. She wants to wait until after my brother's wedding, which will happen in about 3 weeks. Should I be worried and insist that she goes for a doctor's appointment and tests right away? My mother hates pills and doctors, as she leans towards a "naturalist" view of diet and lifestyle, and I am having a really hard time convincing her that this could be serious. What could be causing this and how serious should she take it?
Thank you very much!