Survey of hospitals reveals variability in blood pressure goals for patients with stroke

Blood pressures (BP) goals for patients with acute stroke vary widely, according to a survey of hospitals in the Southeastern USA.

Optimal BP management in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) or intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) remains controversial, according to researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Current guidelines lack specific BP targets for patients with AIS or ICH who are not treated with thrombolysis.

Therefore, the researchers conducted a survey of 65 hospitals in the IMPROVE stroke consortium in the Southeastern USA to assess current BP management processes for acute stroke.