Retrospective study of 59,000 patients presenting to outpatient setting with severe asymptomatic hypertension.
No difference between those sent to the ED vs those managed as outpatients in:
- Major adverse CV events
- Uncontrolled HTN 6 mos later
Only difference – those who went to the ED were hospitalized more often.
Take-away: Asymptomatic severe hypertension can be safely managed in the outpatient setting.
JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Jul;176(7):981-8