Effects of 24-Hour Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Recorded With Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring on Recovery From Acute Ischemic Stroke

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Background and Purpose—

This study used ambulatory blood pressure (BP) monitoring to generate BP and heart rate (HR) profiles soon after stroke onset and evaluated the association between determined values and 3-month stroke outcomes.


We analyzed 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring records from 104 patients with acute ischemic stroke. Ambulatory BP monitoring was attached at the second and eighth hospitalization days (Days 1 and 7). Both BP and HR were characterized using baseline, mean, maximum, and minimum values and coefficient of variation during 24-hour recording periods. Outcomes at 3 months were assessed as independence according to a modified Rankin Scale score of ≤2 and poor according to the score of ≥5.


Sixty-six (63%) patients achieved independence and 12 (11%) had poor outcomes. Mean ambulatory BP monitoring values changed from 150.5±19.5/85.7±11.3 mm Hg on Day 1 to 139.6±19.3/80.0±11.7 mm Hg on Day 7. After multivariate adjustment, mean values of systolic BP (OR, 0.63; 95% CI, 0.45–0.85), diastolic BP (0.61; 0.37–0.98), pulse pressure (0.55; 0.33–0.85), and HR (0.61; 0.37–0.98) recorded on Day 1 as well as mean HR on Day 7 (0.47; 0.23–0.87) were inversely associated with independence and mean values of systolic BP (1.92; 1.15–3.68), diastolic BP (5.28; 1.92–22.85), and HR (4.07; 1.83–11.88) on Day 1 as well as mean HR on Day 7 (4.92; 1.36–36.99) were positively associated with a poor outcome.


All of systolic BP, diastolic BP, pulse pressure, and HR on Day 1 and HR on Day 7 assessed using ambulatory BP monitoring were associated with outcomes of patients with stroke at 3 months.

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