Stroke recovery may be improved by rapid BP lowering

The study found intensive blood pressure lowering in patients with intracerebral haemorrhage improved chances of functional recovery by as much as 20%.

The research involved more than 2800 patients who had a spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage within the previous six hours and who had high blood pressure, at 140 hospitals around the world, including 12 from Australia.

Participants received either intensive treatment to lower their systolic BP to a target of <140mmHg within one hour, based on the local availability of intravenous or oral