When is high blood pressure considered a medical emergency?

There are times when high blood pressure is considered an emergency and requires urgent medical attention. This can occur if your blood pressure rises quickly and severely.

Seek emergency care if your blood pressure reading is 180/110 or higher and you have any of the following symptoms, which may be signs of organ damage:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numbness or weakness
  • Change in vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Severe headache

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