Do BP levels of 160/106 require an ER consultation?
Regarding your concern, I would like to explain that your wife's actual blood pressure level needs special attention by taking preliminary measures to avoid potential complaints that may derive.
Such a high BP value may be associated by symptoms like headache, dizziness, difficulty breathing, chest pain, nausea, etc.
A prompt action to avoid stressful daily activity, taking a rest in sitting of recumbent position in a quiet room, avoiding excessive noise and if high BP values persist, possibly trying 10 mg Nifedipine or 25 mg Captopril sublingually (if easily available) could lead to BP decrease.
But, in case high BP values keep persisting or getting worse (despite those home remedies) and furthermore are manifested with important complaints as above mentioned, then I recommend you to take her to the nearest ER service at your living area.
Whichever be the most effective strategy of BP control, I would advise you to closely monitor her BP values several times daily for a couple of days to decide if a maintaining anti-hypertensive therapy should be introduced.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr. Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist