When Should High Blood Pressure Send You To The Hospital?


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 ≥180 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure ≥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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Answered by Kirk Laman, D.O.