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Giving hope to stroke survivors

Recently the Institute launched the findings of a landmark study for a new treatment for stroke set to change practice around the world. 420,000 Australians survived a stroke in 2012 and two thirds of this group will live with disabilities.

The trial (INTERACT2) found that intensive blood pressure lowering in patients with intracerebral haemorrhage, the most serious type of stroke, reduced the risk of major disability and improved chances of recovery by as much as 20 per cent. The study findings identify safe and efficient treatment to improve the likelihood of a recovery without serious disability - providing new hope for stroke survivors and their families.

If hospital emergency departments could implement this new treatment to stroke patients more rapidly, many lives could be saved and the likelihood of recovery from acute stroke without serious disability could be improved, but funding is required. This work has the ability to significantly change guidelines and stroke management in Australia and around the world.