Compression socks, some meds not effective hemorrhage treatments: AHA

Compression socks or stockings, anti-seizure medicines and steroids are among treatments with uncertain effectiveness in treating intracerebral hemorrhages, or bleeding strokes, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

The guidelines, published May 17 in Stroke, are the first update since May 2015. They include recommendations on surgical techniques, individual activity levels after a stroke, and additional education and training for at-home caregivers.

"Advances have been made in an array of fields related to ICH, including the organization of regional health care systems, reversal of the negative effects of blood thinners, minimally invasive surgical procedures and the underlying disease in small blood vessels," said Steven Greenberg, MD, PhD, chair of the guideline-writing group.

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