Hypertensive urgencies

Hypertensive urgencies are much more common than emergencies. Therapy should be initiated within the initial few hours, at least within 24 h, and oral medications are usually adequate (PanacekJ994). The most popular agent for urgencies is currently nifedipine. Clonidine hydrochloride is a common alternative. There is also increasing experience with oral angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and with intravenous or oral labetalol. The hypertension should be reduced but need not be normalized. These patients require close follow-up but not usually hospital admission.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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