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Authors

  1. Tucker, Natalie PharmD
  2. Stoffel, Jaclyn M. PharmD, BCPS
  3. Hayes, Lisa PharmD, BCCCP
  4. Jones, G. Morgan PharmD, BCCCP, FCCM

Abstract

Elevated blood pressure is common in patients with acute ischemic stroke. While this may occur secondary to the body's own response to preserve cerebral blood flow, elevated blood pressure may also increase the risk of hemorrhagic transformation. Current guidelines recommend various blood pressure goals based upon multiple factors, including thresholds specific to certain treatment interventions. Despite these guidelines, there is limited evidence to support specific blood pressure targets, and variability in clinical practice is common. The purpose of this review was to discuss blood pressure management in adult patients with acute ischemic stroke, focusing on appropriate targets in the setting of alteplase administration, mechanical thrombectomy, and hemorrhagic transformation.