BP Control Poor at Discharge After Stroke

Eleanor McDermid

More than two fifths of patients have uncontrolled blood pressure (BP) at discharge after hospitalization for acute stroke, report researchers.

"We propose that secondary prevention should include efforts to initiate risk factor control and antihypertensive medication initiation before hospital discharge," say Christianne Roumie (Nashville VA Medical Center, Tennessee, USA) and colleagues.

They cite evidence that BP control helps to prevent recurrent stroke even among patients without a history of hypertension.

In-hospital initiation of antihypertensive treatment is not included in the quality acute stroke care indicators in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program.

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