Calcium antagonists for acute ischemic stroke

  • Zhang J
  • Yang J
  • Zhang C
  • et al.
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BACKGROUND: The sudden loss of blood supply in ischemic stroke is associated with the increase of calcium ions within neurons. Inhibiting this increase could protect neurons and hence might reduce neurological impairment, disability and handicap after stroke.OBJECTIVES: To determine whether calcium antagonists reduce the risk of death or dependency after acute ischemic stroke. To investigate the influence of different drugs, dosages, routes of administration, time intervals after stroke and trial design on the risk of a primary outcome.SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register (January 2012), MEDLINE (1950 to December 2011), EMBASE (1980 to December 2011), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library, 2011 issue 4) and four Chinese databases (December 2011): Chinese Biological Medicine Database (CBM-disc), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese scientific periodical database of VIP information and Wanfang Data. We also contacted trialists and researchers.SELECTION CRITERIA: All truly randomized trials comparing a calcium antagonist with control in patients with acute ischemic stroke.DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two authors assessed all trials and extracted the data. We used death or dependency at the end of long-term follow-up (at least three months) in activities of daily living as the primary outcome. Analyses were, if possible, intention-to-treat.MAIN RESULTS: We included 34 trials including 7731 patients. There was no effect of calcium antagonists on the primary outcome (risk ratio (RR) 1.05; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.98 to 1.13), or on death at the end of follow-up (RR 1.07, 95% CI 0.98 to 1.17). Comparisons of different doses of nimodipine suggested that the highest doses were associated with poorer outcome.AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: No evidence is available using calcium antagonists in patients with acute ischemic stroke is effective.




Zhang, J., Yang, J., Zhang, C., Jiang, X., Zhou, H., & Liu, M. (2012). Calcium antagonists for acute ischemic stroke. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

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