Effects of Blood Pressure and Blood Pressure-Lowering Treatment During the First 24 Hours Among Patients in the Third International Stroke Trial of Thrombolytic Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke Clinical Sciences

Conclusions— Among patients with ischemic stroke who are candidates for thrombolytic treatment, high baseline blood pressure and a large pressure variability during the first 24 hours may be associated with a poor prognosis, whereas a large reduction in blood pressure and the use of blood pressure–lowering treatment during the first 24 hours may be associated with a favorable prognosis. These data support the rationale for further trials of agents that lower blood pressure or reduce blood pressure variability in the acute phase of ischemic stroke. Clinical Trial Registration— URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00120003.
Source: Stroke - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Treatment, Cerebrovascular Disease/Stroke, Ischemic Stroke Clinical Sciences Source Type: research

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