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New findings suggest that normalizing blood pressure (BP) levels after a first stroke lowers the risk of recurrent stroke for elderly patients. Monitoring BP levels in 254 ischemic stroke patients over a period of approximately 5 years, researchers discovered that those with high post-stroke BP levels were more likely to suffer stroke again. Additionally, the mortality rate was found to be much higher for patients with high or low post-stroke BP levels than those with an intermediate level, supporting the recommendation that high BP levels be normalized, rather than aggressively lowered.




Reuters Health. High BP linked to increased risk for second stroke. Available at: Accessed December 13, 2006.