Asked by damion
When Should High Blood Pressure Send You To The Hospital?
i have high blood pressure, and I was wondering how high your blood pressure needs to be before you need to go to the hospital for it?
Damion: high blood pressure is diagnosed when the systolic BP goes above 140mm or when the diastolic BP is above 90mm hg.
There is no absolute value that says a person should go to the hospital. But if a person has symptoms of chest pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, or confusion- they should seek immediate medical attention.
I have pulled this from UPToDate a resource for physicians: "Severe hypertension (often defined as systolic blood pressure â‰¥180 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure â‰¥120 mmHg) can produce a variety of acute, life-threatening complications, which are considered hypertensive emergencies. These include hypertensive encephalopathy, retinal hemorrhages, papilledema, and acute renal failure."
So if a person's blood pressure is above these levels they should seek immediate care.
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