13 Mar 2010

New light thrown on risk of stroke

10:01 am on 13 March 2010

New research published in the British medical journal the Lancet suggests that people with fluctuating blood pressure may be more at risk of stroke than people with consistently high readings.

Clinical guidelines focus on the need to reduce high blood pressure to lower the risk of stroke, but the latest findings suggest that fluctuations are just as important in determining risk.

Oxford University neurologist Peter Rothwell, who led the research, says it's a significant development for patients. It could have a huge impact on how GPs identify and treat people at risk.