Home health ‘Altered mental status’ could signal emergency hypertension – what is it?

‘Altered mental status’ could signal emergency hypertension – what is it?

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‘Altered mental status’ could signal emergency hypertension – what is it?


“Given the vagueness of the term, it is imperative to understand its key components before considering a differential diagnosis,” the article states.

Fundamentally, it says, mental status is a combination of the patient’s level of consciousness (i.e., attentiveness) and cognition (i.e., mental processes or thoughts). Patients may have disorders of one or both.

Delirium – an abrupt change in the brain that causes mental confusion and emotional disruption – is a commonly reported example of an altered mental status, it adds.

What causes a hypertensive emergency?

According to Mayo Clinic, causes of a hypertensive emergency include:

  • Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Rupture of your body’s main artery (aorta)
  • Interaction between medications
  • Convulsions during pregnancy (eclampsia).





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