Long-term stroke survival worse with lower BP

Ideal blood pressure levels for long-term survivors of stroke may have to be reassessed, say experts in a new Australian study.

Data from nearly 500 patients still alive five years after an initial or recurrent stroke revealed a U-shaped relationship between systolic blood pressure (SBP) and outcomes.

Patients with SBP of 120 mmHg or less had a 61% greater chance of stroke, acute myocardial infarction or death at 10 years post-stroke, compared with a reference SBP of 131-141 mmHg, the researchers Monash University and the University of