The pharmacological management of malignant hypertension

J Hypertens. 2020 Nov;38(11):2325-2330. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000002547.


: Malignant hypertension (MHT) still remains a severe condition that requires early recognition and treatment. Over the years, the prevention and treatment of MHT have significantly advanced through the introduction of modern antihypertensive agents. However, in the absence of robust clinical trials, there remain no formal guidelines on the treatment of MHT. This review summarizes the historical background and pathophysiological evidence of MHT, which has led to common practices in its pharmacological management but can also introduce challenges. The current consensus for treatment involves early intravenous infusion of antihypertensive agents, but oral blockers of the renin-angiotensin system may improve the management of MHT, and it offers a suitable treatment option in low-income countries where the condition remains relatively prevalent.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antihypertensive Agents* / pharmacology
  • Antihypertensive Agents* / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Malignant* / drug therapy
  • Hypertension, Malignant* / physiopathology
  • Renin-Angiotensin System / drug effects


  • Antihypertensive Agents