A 50-year-old woman presents for lumbar spine surgery. Vital signs include blood pressure 210/130 mmHg. She appears comfortable but somewhat anxious. The anesthesiologist is concerned that this is a hypertensive emergency. What is the MOST appropriate next step in her management?


A) Apply nitroglycerin paste to the chest wall and proceed to surgery
B) Cancel surgery and send the patient to the emergency room
C) Proceed with surgery without further consideration
D) Question the patient regarding history of hypertension and antihypertensive therapies