Blood Pressure Goals in Acute Stroke—How Low Do You Go?
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Purpose of Review
Elevations in systolic blood pressure (BP) greater than 140 mmHg are reported in the majority (75%) of patients with acute ischemic stroke and in 80% of patients with acute intracerebral hemorrhages (ICH). This paper summarizes and updates the current knowledge regarding the proper management strategy for elevated BP in patients with acute stroke.
Recent Findings and Summary
Recent studies have generally showed a neutral effect of BP reduction on clinical outcomes among acute ischemic stroke patients. Thus, because of the lack of convincing evidence from clinical trials, aggressive BP reduction in patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke is currently not recommended. Although in patients treated with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator, guidelines are recommending BP < 180/105 mmHg but currently, the optimal BP management after reperfusion therapy still remains unclear. In acute ICH, the evidence from randomized clinical trials supports the immediate BP lowering targeting systolic BP to 140 mmHg, which is now recommended by guidelines.
KeywordsBlood pressure Ischemic stroke Intracerebral hemorrhage
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