Among individuals, a wide variation in blood pressures occurs along a continuum from normotensive to hypertensive. In an effort to standardize terminology, the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure developed a consensus regarding the definition of hypertension, which includes a graded classification dependent on risk factors and clinical condition ( Tab!e.53:l)1 In general, either a systolic blood pressure (SBP) greater than 140 mmHg or a diastolic blood pressure (DBP) greater than 90 mmHg constitutes hypertension. However, management of hypertension depends more on the individual's clinical condition rather than the absolute systolic or diastolic values. In the ED, it is helpful to consider four general categories for the management of high blood pressure.
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