An analysis of data on almost 3,700 ischemic stroke patients found that those who were able to keep their blood pressure low more than 75% of the time were 54% less likely to suffer a second stroke compared with those who kept their BP low less than 25% of the time. Patients who failed to maintain a consistently low BP also had a twofold higher risk of suffering a heart attack or dying from vascular causes. The findings appear in the journal Stroke.

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