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Blood pressure in acute stroke.
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PMID:  14695858     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Elevated systolic blood pressure levels (> or =160 mmHg) are a common complication of acute stroke, affecting up to 60% of patients, and providing an immediate management dilemma in the 40% of acute stroke patients on pre-existing antihypertensive therapy. There are theoretical reasons for both lowering blood pressure in the acute stroke situation, as well as leaving raised levels untreated. Furthermore, low systolic blood pressure levels (< or =140 mmHg), though a less common problem affecting approximately 20% of patients, may also be associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, limited data exists from randomised, placebo-controlled trials to inform as to the optimum management of acute stroke blood pressure. This review will consider the evidence for and against the therapeutic manipulation of acute stroke blood pressure, and discuss the information currently available from observational and therapeutic intervention trials, as well as consider the ongoing clinical trials in this area.
Thompson G Robinson; John F Potter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Age and ageing     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0002-0729     ISO Abbreviation:  Age Ageing     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-29     Completed Date:  2004-05-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375655     Medline TA:  Age Ageing     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medicine, Division of Medicine for the Elderly, Leicester Warwick Medical School, Leicester, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Hypertension / drug therapy*
Hypotension / drug therapy*
Stroke / complications*
Comment In:
Age Ageing. 2004 Sep;33(5):518; author reply 518   [PMID:  15315928 ]

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