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When should I call my doctor about high blood pressure?

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Call your doctor if:

  • Your diastolic pressure -- the second, or bottom, number in a blood pressure reading -- suddenly shoots above 120 ,or your systolic pressure, the first number, is over 180.
  • You have severe headaches, nausea, blurred vision, and confusion or memory loss.
  • You're pregnant and have severe headache and sudden swelling in your legs.
  • You take drugs for high blood pressure and have side effects like swelling of your mouth or tongue, drowsiness, constipation, dizziness, or loss of sexual function.

SOURCES: 

JAMA Express, " Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressue (JNC VII), May 15, 2003.  ,"

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W., "Clinical Features and Management of Selected Hypertensive Emergencies," , The West Birmingham Malignant Hypertension Register. Jan. 2005.  Journal of Clinical Malignant Phase HypertensionJournal of Human Hypertension,

The American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 6, 2019

SOURCES: 

JAMA Express, " Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressue (JNC VII), May 15, 2003.  ,"

"Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association," Summer 2003. 

Elliot W., "Clinical Features and Management of Selected Hypertensive Emergencies," , The West Birmingham Malignant Hypertension Register. Jan. 2005.  Journal of Clinical Malignant Phase HypertensionJournal of Human Hypertension,

The American Heart Association.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 6, 2019

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