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How is malignant hypertension treated?

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Malignant hypertension is a medical emergency and needs to be treated in a hospital, often in an intensive care unit. Your doctor will consider your symptoms and overall health when deciding what treatment plan is best for you. The goal of treatment is to carefully lower your blood pressure within a matter of minutes.

You'll receive blood pressure medicines through an IV, which is the quickest way to treat extremely high blood pressure. Once your blood pressure is at a safe level, the medications may be switched to oral forms. If you have kidney failure, you may need kidney dialysis.

Other treatments depend on your specific symptoms and possible causes of the malignant hypertension.

From: Malignant Hypertension WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Understanding Blood Pressure Readings" and "Hypertensive Crisis."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders: High Blood Pressure."

The Mount Sinai Medical Center: "Malignant Hypertension."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 8, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Understanding Blood Pressure Readings" and "Hypertensive Crisis."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Heart and Blood Vessel Disorders: High Blood Pressure."

The Mount Sinai Medical Center: "Malignant Hypertension."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 8, 2017

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