Intensive blood pressure reduction in acute ischaemic stroke: mixed results

Authors say it is safe, at least, and the risk of intracranial bleeding is reduced

Intensive blood pressure reduction in patients with acute ischaemic stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis reduces intracranial bleeding, but does not improve functional outcomes, compared with guideline-recommended blood pressure control, according to results from the ENCHANTED international randomized trial.

Dial measuring blood pressure

"These results provide reassurance to clinicians that more intensive blood pressure lowering than currently recommended in guidelines is not harmful and potentially offers benefits in terms of reduced risk of serious brain