A patient on your ward complains of feeling “unwell” while you are on call in the middle of the night. Vital signs are as follows: HR 120, BP 210/115 (baseline BP is 140/85), RR 18, SpO2 98% on room air, T 37.2 (oral).
- What is the definition of a “Hypertensive Emergency?”
- What symptoms would you ask the patient about on history?
- What would you look for on physical exam?
- What investigations would you order at this time?