Background: Hypertensive emergency is commonly associated with acute ischemic stroke and can be a predictor of poor outcome in these patients. Nicardipine and labetalol are commonly administered for the treatment of acute hypertension following stroke. Yet, data are lacking on the safety of these agents in this setting. Objective: This study aimed to determine all-cause in-hospital mortality, medication-related hypotensive episodes, development of hospital acquired infections and hospital length of stay between nicardipine and labetalol use for the management of hypertension after acute ischemic stroke.

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