High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often called the silent killer. That’s because more often than not, there are no symptoms for this deadly condition. The only way to know for sure if your blood pressure is too high is to have it tested. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s a good idea to get a monitor and test it regularly.
But what should you do if your numbers spike? Most people run to the nearest ER, but that’s not necessarily the best option. In fact, a 2016 study found that less than one percent of cases of “hypertensive urgency” (extremely high blood pressure) actually needed a visit to the ER.
The ER is not the best setting for a hypertension patient, even on the best of days. The chaos of a busy hospital can cause a good deal of stress, something your doctor has likely told you to avoid. And that’s not to mention the high cost and lengthy ER wait times that could be involved.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t seek treatment. High blood pressure causes a great amount of stress on your internal organs such as your heart, kidneys, and brain. A spike in blood pressure should be treated as soon as possible, to avoid further complications down the line.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of heart trouble (severe headaches, changes in vision, shortness of breath or chest pains) it’s best to call an ambulance ASAP. But if you have no symptoms other than elevated numbers, call in an at-home treatment team to help you avoid a very stressful setting while still getting the care you need.
When you call DispatchHealth to treat high blood pressure, we’ll send a team of ER-trained professionals to treat you at your home, office or wherever is most convenient. They can test your numbers, review your history and current medications and prescribe what you need to get those numbers back to healthy levels – the same thing an ER doctor would do. And all this is without the wait time, without the exposure to hospital germs and without the expense of a visit to your local emergency clinic.
So the next time you notice a spike in your blood pressure and suspect you’re experiencing a hypertensive urgency, contact DispatchHealth first, and then relax and wait for help to come to you!