Sare, Gillian M. and Bath, Philip M.W. and Gray, Laura J. and Moulin, Thierry and Woimant, France and England, Timothy and Geeganage, Chamila and Christensen, Hanne and De Deyn, Peter Paul and Leys, Didier and O'Neill, Desmond and Ringelstein, Bernd
The relationship between baseline blood pressure and
computed tomography findings in acute stroke: data from the Tinzaparin in Acute Ischaemic Stroke Trial (TAIST).
Background and Purpose—High blood pressure (BP) is present in 80% of patients with acute ischemic stroke and is
independently associated with poor outcome. There are few data examining the relationship between admission BP and
acute CT findings.
Methods—TAIST was a randomized controlled trial assessing 10 days of treatment with tinzaparin versus aspirin in 1489
patients with acute ischemic stroke (48 hr) with admission BP of 220/120 mm Hg. CT brain scans were performed before randomization and after 10 days. The relationships between baseline BP and adjudicated CT findings were assessed. Odds ratios per 10 mm Hg change in BP were calculated.
Results—Higher systolic BP (SBP) was associated with abnormal CT scans because of independent associations with
chronic changes of leukoariosis (OR, 1.12; 95% CI, 1.05–1.17) and old infarction (OR, 1.12; 95% CI, 1.06 –1.17) at
baseline, and signs of visible infarction at day 10 (OR, 1.06; 95% CI, 1.00 –1.13). A lower SBP was associated with
signs of acute infarction (OR, 0.94; 95% CI, 0.89–0.99). Hemorrhagic transformation, dense middle cerebral artery
sign, mass effect, and cerebral edema at day 10 were not independently associated with baseline BP.
Conclusion—Although high baseline BP is independently associated with a poor outcome after stroke, this was not shown to be through an association with increased hemorrhagic transformation, cerebral edema, or mass effect; trial design may be suboptimal to detect this. Higher SBP is associated with visible infarction on day 10 scans. The influence of changing BP in acute stroke on CT findings is still to be ascertained.
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