What are the ASA guidelines thresholds for antihypertensive treatment in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) for patients who are not fibrinolysis candidates?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Thresholds for antihypertensive treatment in acute ischemic stroke patients who are not fibrinolysis candidates, according to the 2013 ASA guidelines, are systolic blood pressure higher than 220 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure above 120 mm Hg. [86] In those patients, a reasonable goal is to lower blood pressure by 15% during the first 24 hours after onset of stroke. Care must be taken to not lower blood pressure too quickly or aggressively, since this could worsen perfusion in the penumbra.


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