New guidelines for stroke treatment

January 22, 2009 2:51:00 PM PST
For the first time in 15 years the American Heart Association is updating treatment recommendations for strokes caused by bleeding in the brain. These strokes caused by aneurysms are rare but among the most deadly form of this disease. How and where patients are treated can make a difference.

For starters there is one symptom experts say should not be ignored and that is a sudden, terrible headache.

The new guidelines say doctors should give patients a CAT scan as soon as possible to see if the headache is caused by bleeding.

And the research committee says those patients treated at larger centers with more experience in bleeding strokes were more likely to survive.