What are optimal blood pressure targets during the acute management of stroke?

Updated: Sep 08, 2017
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Optimal blood pressure targets remain to be determined. Many patients are hypertensive on arrival. American Stroke Association guidelines have reinforced the need for caution in lowering blood pressures acutely.

In the small proportion of patients with stroke who are relatively hypotensive, pharmacologically increasing blood pressure may improve flow through critical stenoses.


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