What are possible adverse effects of antihypertensive treatment for ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Calcium channel blockers did not alter outcome after ischemic stroke in some trials. Possible adverse effects of antihypertensive treatment have been reported in certain trials, especially those using intravenous calcium channel blockers or oral beta blockers. In the Controlling Hypertension and Hypotension Immediately Post-Stroke (CHHIPS) trial, early lowering of blood pressure with labetalol and lisinopril slightly improved outcome and did not increase serious adverse events. However, CHHIPS had a small sample size. [103]


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