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A suddenly elevated systolic and diastolic pressure can be harmless as long as it doesn’t reach at the levels of stage I and stage II of hypertension.
But a sudden increase in blood pressure that reaches at the dangerous level of hypertension (this kind of hypertension is medically called as ’malignant hypertension’) can be potential to cause serious complications or even can be life-threatening condition.
Malignant hypertension can be potential to cause some degrees of organ damage. People with it can experience rapidly raised systolic and diastolic pressure up to more than 180/120 mm Hg. Typically, lifestyle approaches alone are not powerful enough to treat the problem. It usually requires a medical emergency.
The cause of malignant hypertension can vary from person to person. In general, it can occur due to the following common causes:
- Scleroderma (a medical condition of chronic autoimmune disorder that can lead to thickening /tightening of certain parts of certain organs such as thickening arteries and thickening of the skin) or other collagen vascular diseases.
- Abusing cocaine.
- Using certain medicines, such as MAOIs and certain types of birth control pills.
- Health problems that affect the adrenal gland – such as tumor that damage adrenal gland.
- Kidney problem.
- Spinal cord problem.