Acute high blood pressure is very high blood pressure. It's a serious problem. Very high blood pressure can damage your brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys.
You may have been given medicines to lower your blood pressure. You may have gotten them as pills or through a needle in one of your veins. This is called an IV. And maybe you were given other medicines too. These can be needed when high blood pressure causes other problems.
To keep your blood pressure at a lower level, you may need to make healthy lifestyle changes. And you will probably need to take medicines.
Be sure to follow up with your doctor about your blood pressure and what you can do about it.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. This may mean having symptoms that suggest that your blood pressure is causing a serious heart or blood vessel problem. Your blood pressure may be over 180/110.
For example, call 911 if:
Do not wait until your blood pressure comes down on its own. Get help right away.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter H919 in the search box to learn more about "Acute High Blood Pressure: Care Instructions".
Current as of: August 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
© 2006-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.