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Medical News & Perspectives
June 20, 2007

Hemorrhagic Stroke Guidelines Issued

JAMA. 2007;297(23):2573-2575. doi:10.1001/jama.297.23.2573

The first update in 8 years of guidelines for the management of hemorrhagic stroke offers physicians more confident treatment directions, while also acknowledging that many questions related to care of the condition still remain.

Intracerebral hemorrhage causes up to 15% of all first strokes, with up to 52% of patients dying within 30 days, half of them within the first 2 days following stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke is also very debilitating; only 20% of the estimated 67 000 US patients who experienced a hemorrhagic stroke in 2002 were expected to be functionally independent at 6 months.