Blood Pressure Medication Administered After Stroke Can Harm Patients

blood pressure cuffBlood pressure medicines and stroke victims don’t mix, says a new study out of Norway.

The study, published in The Lancet, describes how the administration of blood pressure medication to people who have just had a stroke who also have high blood pressure will offer them no benefit and may even be harmful.

Researchers say that stroke victims should not be given anti-hypertensive medications during the week after a stroke.  In some stroke patients the drugs had no effect; in others there were actually negative outcomes associated with the blood pressure medications.  This study indicates that doctors should stick to current guidelines and abstain from trying to lower stroke patients’ blood pressure.  Source: http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?docID=649806

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