Reducing BP after intracranial haemorrhage 'doesn’t improve function'

But outcomes vary depending on the strategy and medication used, researchers say

Early lowering of blood pressure in patients with acute intracerebral haemorrhage reduces bleeding but is not associated with better functional outcomes at 90 days, a study shows.

Imag suggesting brain haemorrhage

The benefit appears to be confined to reducing the volume of haematomas 24 hours after the intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH), according to the systematic review and meta-analysis.

The review, which included a range of approaches to blood pressure (BP) lowering, points to alpha- and beta-blockers as perhaps being the