26
Mar
11

Hypertensive Exigency?

So I’m studying the chapter on hypertension… I get to the practice questions and have to take a moment to distinguish between these conditions:

1. Hypertensive crisis

2. Hypertensive emergency

3. Hypertensive urgency

Don’t all of the underlined words mean the same thing?  Who made up this stuff? They missed a few choice ones, though…

Hypertensive exigency develops over weeks to a couple of weeks. Is a situation in which a patient’s BP is not quite severely elevated and there is some evidence of acute target organ damage, especially to the SNS.

– Hypertensive conjuncture – develops over a couple of weeks to a couple of few weeks. Is a situation in which a patient’s BP is kind of severely elevated and there is sort of maybe some evidence of moderately acute off-target organ damage, especially to the SS Minnow.

– Hypertensive extremity develops over a few weeks to months. Is a situation in which a patient’s BP is sorta severely elevated and there is a bit of shady-but-decent evidence of somewhat moderately acute off-target organ damage, but only if you really want there to be.

And a few of the lesser degrees…

– Hypertensive possibility develops over a few months to a lot of months. Where the patient’s BP might be kind of elevated if you think about it.

– Hypertensive eventuality – develops over a lot of months to a few years. Where the patient’s BP is possibly sorta kinda high and he/she is pretty pissed about it.

– Hypertensive could be develops over a few years to longer than that. Where the patient’s BP is kinda… not that good, you know?

Hmmmm… I just might have a future in creating medical terminology. Be afraid… be very afraid…

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