How does a previous stroke affect blood pressure measurement?

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In the immediate aftermath of a stroke the blood pressure may be raised, especially when the stroke is due to bursting of a blood vessel.

However, a stroke generally does not affect blood pressure, it is a persistently raised blood pressure that greatly increases the chance of a stroke.

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