Hypertensive emergency remains rare in U.S. emergency departments

From Cardiovascular Business:

From 2006 to 2013, the incidence of hypertensive emergency in U.S. emergency departments more than doubled, according to an epidemiological analysis. However, hypertensive emergency was rare and occurred in 1,670 per million adults emergency department visits in 2013.

The researchers defined hypertensive emergency as a diagnosis of acute hypertension, a diagnosis indicating acute target organ damage and an admission to the hospital, death or transfer to another facility.

Lead researcher Alexander T. Janke, MD, of Wayne State University in Detroit, and colleagues published their results online Dec. 5 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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