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Why should I be treated for high blood pressure after a stroke or TIA?

Lowering blood pressure with antihypertensive medications reduces the risk of recurrent stroke in people who have had an ischemic stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA); therefore, in its guidelines for preventing recurrent strokes, the American Stroke Association (ASA) recommends high blood pressure treatment for anyone recovering from an ischemic stroke or a TIA.

Research has found that a combination of diuretics and angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors is beneficial for secondary stroke prevention, but the guidelines state that the choice of antihypertensive drug should be made on an individual basis.

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