Standard blood pressure target is sufficient for treating some strokes

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 
 

An international stroke study found that standard and intensive blood pressure treatments were equally effective in the emergency treatment of acute intracerebral hemorrhage, a type of stroke caused by bleeding into the brain. Patients whose systolic blood pressure was reduced rapidly in emergency rooms to standard levels used to treat acute stroke (140-179 mm Hg) did as well as patients whose pressure was reduced to intensive levels (110-139 mm Hg). Th e study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

 

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