New treatment for stroke set to increase chances of recovery

Posted by rcw15 at Jun 01, 2013 11:00 AM |

Professor Tom Robinson from the Leicester Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit is an author on a ground-breaking study published in this month’s The New England Journal of Medicine. In the study, which involved 2839 patients from 144 hospitals across 21 countries, patients who had suffered a stroke involving an acute intracerebral haemorrhage (bleed within the brain) were randomly assigned to receive either standard guideline-recommended treatment, or an intensive rapid blood-pressure lowering protocol.

After 90 days, patients receiving the intensive treatment had significantly fewer complications and reported better quality of life than patients receiving standard treatment. Importantly, the intensive treatment protocol appeared to be as safe as standard treatment and may pave the way to new methods of treating patients with intracerebral haemorrhage in the future.

Details of the press release can be found here.

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