Systolic blood pressure and recurrent stroke in patients with different lesion patterns on diffusion weighted imaging

J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2022 Oct;24(10):1350-1357. doi: 10.1111/jch.14543. Epub 2022 Aug 12.


Little is known about the relationship between baseline systolic blood pressure (SBP) and subsequent clinical events in patients with different lesion patterns on diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). We analyzed the Acute Non-disabling Cerebrovascular Events (CHANCE) trial dataset. Patients were categorized into negative DW imaging (no detectable lesions), lacunar infarction (single lesion ≤15 mm) and non-lacunar infarction (single lesion >15 mm or multiple lesions) based on lesion patterns on DWI. The primary outcome was recurrent stroke within 90 days. Cox proportional hazards models were used to assess the association between SBP levels and stroke outcomes in patients with different lesion patterns. A total of 1089 patients were analyzed. We found 258 cases (23.7%) with negative DW imaging, 392 (36.0%) with lacunar infarction and 439 (40.3%) with non-lacunar infarction. Patients with non-lacunar infarction had the highest incidence of stroke at 90-day (P < .001). In non-lacunar infarction group, compared with SBP < 160 mmHg, patients with SBP ≥ 160 mmHg had significantly higher risk of 90-day recurrent stroke (20.3% vs. 10.7%; adjusted hazard ratio 1.81, 95% confidence interval 1.09-3.00). No significant association was found between SBP and clinical outcomes in patients with negative DWI and lacunar stroke groups. The result at 1 year was similar as at 90-day. Therefore, non-lacunar infarction, the most common lesion pattern in CHANCE study, had the highest risk of recurrent stroke and combined vascular events both in 90 days and 1 year. High baseline SBP was significantly associated with increased risk of short- and long-term recurrent strokes in patients with non-lacunar infarction.

Trial registration: NCT00979589.

Keywords: blood pressure; diffusion-weighted imaging; ischemic stroke; transient ischemic attack.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Humans
  • Hypertension* / complications
  • Hypertension* / epidemiology
  • Stroke* / diagnostic imaging
  • Stroke* / epidemiology
  • Stroke, Lacunar* / complications
  • Stroke, Lacunar* / diagnostic imaging
  • Stroke, Lacunar* / epidemiology

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