Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room?
Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure.
Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies
- Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication
- Kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements that you are taking
- Complications of pregnancy such as preeclampsia or eclampsia
- Certain endocrine diseases such as thyroid storm or pheochromocytoma
- Recreational drug use
When your high blood pressure is extremely high it has the potential to damage your organs and blood vessels.
When Should You Go To The ER?
If you deal with high blood pressure and notice any of the following signs or symptoms, a trip to an emergency medical facility is an absolute necessity.
- Severe chest pain
- A severe headache, especially when accompanied by confusion or vision changes
- Nausea and vomiting
- Extreme levels of anxiety
- Shortness of breath
- Seizures or tremors
Do not hesitate or second guess yourself. Your life could be at risk. Call 9-1-1 or visit the nearest emergency medical facility immediately. Here at Beaumont Emergency Center we are staffed with real board-certified physicians and are able to offer the same medical expertise as a traditional hospital emergency room without the annoyingly long wait times and with a level of VIP service, you will not experience anywhere else. While we always hope that we will never have to see you, rest assured knowing that if you do, we will be here 24/7.