Blood pressure changes in acute ischemic stroke and outcome with respect to stroke etiology

Neurology.org: 9/19/12

Previous research suggested that proper blood pressure (BP) management in acute stroke may need to take into account the underlying etiology.

Methods: All patients with acute ischemic stroke registered in the ASTRAL registry between 2003 and 2009 were analyzed. Unfavorable outcome was defined as modified Rankin Scale score >2. A local polynomial surface algorithm was used to assess the effect of baseline and 24- to 48-hour systolic BP (SBP) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) on outcome in patients with lacunar, atherosclerotic, and cardioembolic stroke. Read More