Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Malignant Hypertension Treatment

Treatment for malignant hypertension is emergent and includes medications to lower the blood pressure, intravenous fluids, cardiac monitoring and beta-blockers. The goal is to lower the blood pressure within minutes to hours in an attempt to avoid serious medical complications. Complications include stroke, kidney damage, and heart attack. Treatment for malignant hypertension usually occurs in the intensive care unit of a hospital. In this setting, the heartbeat and blood pressure can be closely monitored.

Treatment options for malignant hypertension includes:

Malignant Hypertension Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for malignant hypertension.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Malignant Hypertension Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat malignant hypertension:

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Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Malignant Hypertension References
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