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How is hypertensive emergency diagnosed?

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To diagnose a hypertensive emergency, your doctor will ask you several questions about your medical history. He'll also need to know all medications you're taking, including nonprescription and recreational drugs. Be sure to tell him if you're taking any herbal or dietary supplements.

Certain tests will be done to check organ damage, including:

  • Regular monitoring of blood pressure
  • Eye exam to look for swelling and bleeding
  • Blood and urine testing

SOURCE: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 10, 2017

SOURCE: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on October 10, 2017

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