Does aggressive BP-lowering help in intracerebral haemorrhage?

Hitting a systolic BP of 110-139mmHg curbs haemotoma expansion in basal ganglia events, study shows

Aggressive blood-pressure lowering in patients presenting in ED with a primary deep intracerebral haemorrhage curbs haematoma expansion in the following 24 hours, a post-hoc trial analysis shows.


The results come from assessments of CT imaging scans for 780 patients included in the ATACH-2 study who had bleeds in the basal ganglia or the thalamus, deep in the brain, and presented within 4.5 hours of stroke.

Approximately half were randomly allocated to aggressive lowering of systolic BP using intravenous nicardipine to 110