Hypertensive Emergencies

Authors: Jason M Kendall / Editor: Martin Dore, Tajek B Hassan / Reviewer: Emma Everitt, Rafeeq Ahmed Sulaiman / Codes: A5 / Published: 24/08/2023

This session covers the pathophysiology, clinical presentation and management of hypertensive emergencies.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Define the term hypertensive emergency
  • Distinguish the patient with a hypertensive urgency from the patient with a hypertensive emergency
  • Describe the pathophysiology of hypertensive emergencies
  • Clinically assess a patient with elevated blood pressure to determine whether urgent blood pressure control is is indicated
  • Recognise and manage the patient presenting with a hypertensive emergency
  • Choose the appropriate intravenous antihypertensive agent for a given hypertensive emergency


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