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<< Hospital Management Of Hypertension: Urgencies And Emergencies

Differential Diagnosis

The first step in narrowing the differential is to confirm the elevated blood pressure and rule out a possible “white coat” effect. Although the elevation in blood pressure attributable to this entity is not likely to exceed 30 mm Hg, it can occur in patients with underlying hypertension, which could push the physician to inappropriately classify the patient as having urgency or emergency.24,25

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