Effect of blood pressure on 3-month functional outcome in the subacute stage of ischemic stroke

American Academy of Neurology: October 10, 2012

We aimed to study various measures of blood pressure (BP) in the subacute phase of ischemic stroke to determine whether any of them predicted clinical outcome.

Methods: In this retrospective observational study, a consecutive series of patients hospitalized for ischemic stroke within 48 hours of onset were enrolled. The subacute stage of stroke was defined as the time period from 72 hours of symptom onset to discharge or transfer. During this period, mean, maximum, maximum − minimum, SD, and coefficient of variation of systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP) were determined. A baseline severity-adjusted analysis was performed using each patient’s 3-month modified Rankin Scale score as the primary outcome. Read more