Identifying A High Blood Pressure Emergency

High blood pressure is a health issue that leads to serious health complications if you don’t address. It can increase the risk of experiencing stroke or heart attack down the line. In can go so high as to cause a hypertensive emergency. It can lead to a sudden visit to the emergency room. But what does constitute a high blood pressure emergency?

Determining High Blood Pressure Emergency 

A blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg and less is considered normal. Anything higher than that may be considered as an elevated blood pressure reading. The reading consists of two numbers- the upper number, called the systolic blood pressure and the bottom number, known as the diastolic pressure.

Systolic blood pressure indicates the pressure that blood exerts on the artery walls when the heart beats. The diastolic pressure is the pressure that blood exerts on the artery walls when the heart is resting in between beats. Increased pressure on the artery walls will have a negative impact on the blood vessels and how it sends life-giving blood to the critical organs in the body. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to end-organ damage.

End-Organ Damage Symptoms

A high blood pressure emergency can lead to end-organ damage. The condition can take many forms such as heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. You may need immediate medical attention if you begin to experience the following symptoms associated with end-organ damage due to a high blood pressure emergency:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Sudden memory loss
  • Passing out
  • Eye damage
  • Preeclampsia in pregnant women

When you experience these symptoms, you may be in a medical emergency. Try to get emergency help right away. The earlier you get medical attention, the better your chances of getting over this emergency.