The first Canadian guidelines on the management of spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH) was published online this week by the International Journal of Stroke.

The initiative was spearheaded by the Canadian Hemorrhagic Stroke Trials Initiative (COHESIVE), a PHRI-led network, in collaboration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Dr Ashkan Shoamanesh

Ashkan Shoamanesh

PHRI Scientist Ashkan Shoamanesh, first author and writing group co-chair of the new stand-alone module in the seventh edition of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations, explains the significance of the ICH guidelines:

“Intracerebral hemorrhage, and the ensuing brain injury from ICH, results from underlying mechanisms that are distinct from those of ischemic stroke. In addition, ICH survivors have different recovery trajectories and require targeted stroke prevention strategies.
A stand-alone module for the management of spontaneous ICH is an essential step in standardizing and improving the clinical care of ICH patients in Canada, and identifying unmet needs that should be prioritized for future clinical research and quality improvement projects.”

Read the ICH Guidelines_Nov2020 [PDF].

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