- Understand the distinction between hypertensive emergency and urgency
- Describe the pathogenesis of hypertensive crisis and hypertensive encephalopathy
- Discuss the clinical manifestations and initial evaluation of a patient in a hypertensive crisis
- Identify the conditions associated with hypertensive emergency and urgency
PAs need to identify the patient's condition in order to select the most appropriate intervention while avoiding overaggressive treatment of the nonemergent patient.
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Kishore Kuppasani is a hospitalist PA at the University Hospital, UMDNJ, Newark, New Jersey. Alluru Reddi is professor of medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark. The authors have indicated no relationships to disclose relating to the content of this article.