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Which of the following statements regarding hypertensive crisis is false (AIIMS Nov 2011, May 2009, May 2010)



A Hypertensive Urgency is characterized by marked elevation of blood pressure and rapidly evolving end organ damage.

B Hypertensive emergencies require immediate reduction of blood pressure within minutes

C Hypertensive urgencies may be managed without extensive monitoring on an outpatient basis.

D None of the above

Ans. A

Hypertensive Urgency is characterized by marked elevation of blood pressure and rapidly evolving end organ damage.

Hypertensive urgency

1. Sometimes, patients can have very high blood pressure but have no symptoms.

2. In these cases, the elevated BP is discovered incidentally. These cases – severe high BP without serious symptoms – are called hypertensive urgency.

3. Hypertensive urgency indicates that the blood pressure is high enough to cause serious risk of sudden, life threatening events, but that no such events are currently occurring.

4. In other words, these patients have no organ failure or other immediately life threatening conditions, but could quickly develop them if their blood pressure isn’t quickly brought under control.

5. Patient should be treated on the OPD basis.(i.e. Hospitalization not needed)

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