Drugs.com: Lowering blood pressure after clot removal may not be safe

Drugs.com highlighted University of Cincinnati stroke research recently published in JAMA.

Led by UC's Eva Mistry, MBBS, the BEST-II trial found using blood pressure medications to lower the top number of blood pressure readings (systolic blood pressure) may not be safe or effective among people who have an acute ischemic stroke and undergo a successful mechanical clot removal.

"Although the study did not find significant evidence of an unequivocal harm of lower blood pressure targets in this population in terms of worsening size of stroke or increasing disability, the trends indicated that there may only be marginal benefit of lowering postendovascular treatment blood pressure on patients' long-term disability," said Mistry, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation medicine in UC’s College of Medicine and a UC Health physician at the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.

Read the Drugs.com article, originally published by HealthDay.

Read more about the research.

Featured image at top of a health professional measuring a patient's blood pressure. Photo/Siarhei Khaletski/iStock Photos.

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