Asymptomatic Hypertensive Urgencies Can Be Managed Outpatient

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


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