Symptoms signal high blood pressure emergency

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June 3, 2018 - 11:00 PM

To Your Good Health

DEAR DR. ROACH:

At what point is high blood pressure a medical emergency (i.e., needs to be treated TODAY, or at least before, say, going out of the country next week)?

I’ve never had an issue with high blood pressure — at a gynecology appointment last year it was fine, and at a general internist appointment the year prior it also was fine. In the past few days, though, I’ve had really high numbers: 140/81, 161/97,167/109 and 171/98. I’m looking for a new internist (mine retired) and have a message in to one recommended by my gynecologist, but do I need to find someone (anyone) today? Or at least in the next few days? — C.P.

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