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Table 2 Protocol form

From: Acupuncture lowering blood pressure for secondary prevention of stroke: a study protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial

Item Control group Experimental group
Aim To testify the efficacy of the acupuncture method of HuoXueSanFeng on stroke recurrence among ischemic stroke patients with hypertension
Interventions 1 type of antihypertensive drug (may be adjusted based on the BP levels) + XingNaoKaiQiao acupuncture method + other routine care for stroke HuoXueSanFeng acupuncture method + XingNaoKaiQiao acupuncture method + 1 type of antihypertensive drug (may be adjusted based on the BP levels) + other routine care for stroke
Intervention time Continuous treatment period: 6 times a week, 6 weeks Consolidation treatment period: three times a week, 6 weeks
Observation time Before treatment, 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 24 weeks, and 48 weeks after treatment
Researchers To ensure the optimal effects of acupuncture stimulation, our therapists will be required to have clinical experience of acupuncture treatments for at least 8 years
Materials Disposable, sterile needles, 0.25 mm in diameter and 40 mm in length (HWATO, Suzhou, China)
  1. BP blood pressure