WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
Before going any farther, let us make sure we clearly define the “medical problem”. Hypertension refers to an elevated blood pressure (often a pressure above 140/90 mm Hg) in a patient. This is a broad topic and can be further subdivided into the following categories.
- Hypertension during pregnancy (first trimester, second trimester, third trimester)
ORGANIZING THE DIFFERENTIAL
Hypertension can have many different causes: we need to have a means of organizing the scope of what could cause this condition, and the differential diagnosis for hypertension can be organized in a few different ways:
- Can’t miss diagnosis
- Organ systen
- Disease category
- Diagnostic modality
- Most common diagnosis
WORKING UP A PATIENT WITH HYPERTENSION
After we understand the scope of what can cause hypertension, we can being to “work it up”. There is more then one way to workup a patient with hypertension:
TREATING A PATIENT WITH HYPERTENSION
Once we have worked up the issue we can being treating patients with hypertension.