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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is malignant hypertension?

Malignant hypertension is extremely high blood pressure,- typically above 180/120 mmHg (below 120/80 is normal). It's a medical emergency and can cause organ damage. Causes include blood vessel disease, kidney disease, spinal cord injuries, adrenal gland tumors, certain medications like birth control pills and illegal drugs abuse, such as cocaine.

Symptoms related to malignant hypertension

  • Dizziness

  • Headache

  • Similar chest pain to the previous heart attack

  • Losing consciousness

  • Fatigue

  • History of high blood pressure

  • Chest tightness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for malignant hypertension

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose malignant hypertension

  • Are you feeling dizzy right now?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have same type of chest pain as your previous heart attack?

  • Have you currently regained consciousness after temporarily losing consciousness?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

Treatment for malignant hypertension

Immediate treatment in a hospital is required. Treatment involves injected and oral medications to quickly lower the blood pressure.

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