People don’t know they have hypertension. This is because it doesn’t cause symptoms. But, it still needs to be found and treated. If not, it will cause harm to your body and raise the risk of serious problems such as a heart attack or stroke.
A hypertensive emergency is a reading of 180/120 mmHg or higher. It can happen quickly. If you get this reading once, take a short rest. If it’s still high, call for emergency medical services right away.
You may also have:
High blood pressure. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Available at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/high-blood-pressure. Accessed October 2, 2018.
Hypertension. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115345/Hypertension. Updated August 29, 2016. Accessed October 2, 2018.
Hypertensive crisis. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114059/Hypertensive-crisis. Updated March 5, 2018. Accessed October 2, 2018.
Last reviewed September 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board
Michael J. Fucci, DO, FACC
Last Updated: 10/2/2018