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caring for my elderly mother with high BP
An_256694 posted:
I have a question ....what BP triggers a visit to the ER? My Mom,78, lives with us, and she takes two BP meds amlodipine/Valsartan and Aldomet. She was just switched due to fluid retention, fluid in the lungs and some around the heart (CHF.) I did not get a straight answer from her doctor about when to take her to the ER . Finally he said she should not go unless her systolic pressure is higher than 200. Seems very high. My mother-in-law had a major hemorrhagic stroke, and her BP was 170/100. I am worried that she may have a stroke if we wait until her BP reaches 200. Now the Dr. has given her a med to take when it is really high, and says wait 2 hours.
imartin789 responded:
Hypertensive Urgency (high blood pressure) is usually 180 or higher over 110 or higher.

If your mom reaches 180/110 I would bring her to the ER. I would also bring her to the ER if her blood pressure is rising and she is experiencing severe headaches, shortness of breath, nosebleeds or severe anxiety because these symptoms can be linked to high blood pressure and would require immediate attention. They have to adjust her medication doses and evaluate her condition or organ condition to determine a treatment method.

Hope this helps!

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