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BackgroundAcute ischaemic stroke (AIS) patients often show impaired cerebral autoregulation (CA). We tested the hypothesis that CA impairment and other alterations in cerebral haemodynamics are associated with stroke subtype and severity.MethodsAIS patients (n = 143) were amalgamated from similar studies. Data from baseline (< 48 h stroke onset) physiological recordings (beat-to-beat blood pressure [BP], cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) from bilateral insonation of the middle cerebral arteries) were calculated for mean values and autoregulation index (ARI). Differences were assessed between stroke subtype (Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project [OCSP] classification) and severity (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale [NIHSS] score < 5 and 5-25). Correlation coefficients assessed associations between NIHSS and physiological measurements.ResultsThirty-two percent of AIS patients had impaired CA (ARI < 4) in affected hemisphere (AH) that was similar between stroke subtypes and severity. CBFV in AH was comparable between stroke subtype and severity. In unaffected hemisphere (UH), differences existed in mean CBFV between lacunar and total anterior circulation OCSP subtypes (42 vs. 56 cm•s-1, p < 0.01), and mild and moderate-to-severe stroke severity (45 vs. 51 cm•s-1, p = 0.04). NIHSS was associated with peripheral (diastolic and mean arterial BP) and cerebral haemodynamic parameters (CBFV and ARI) in the UH.ConclusionsAIS patients with different OCSP subtypes and severity have homogeneity in CA capability. Cerebral haemodynamic measurements in the UH were distinguishable between stroke subtype and severity, including the association between deteriorating ARI in UH with stroke severity. More studies are needed to determine their clinical significance and to understand the determinants of CA impairment in AIS patients.

Original publication




Journal article


Cerebrovascular diseases extra

Publication Date





80 - 89


Department of Cardiovascular Sciences Cerebral Haemodynamics in Ageing and Stroke Medicine Research Group, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom.


Middle Cerebral Artery, Humans, Brain Ischemia, Ultrasonography, Doppler, Transcranial, Blood Flow Velocity, Disability Evaluation, Prognosis, Severity of Illness Index, Cerebrovascular Circulation, Aged, Middle Aged, Brazil, England, Female, Male, Hemodynamics, Stroke, Arterial Pressure