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Does having migraine with aura put me at higher risk for stroke? I am 39.

Does having migraine with aura put me at higher risk for stroke? I am 39.

Unfortunately yes: The risk of ischemic stroke in migraine with aura (ma) is 2x that of migraine alone. The risk of ma +tobacco+bcp is 10x that of a smoker + bcp. Recent population studies suggest that ma also increases the risk of hemorrhagic stroke. Not all strokes that occur in patients with ma are related to the headache, other etiologies may exist, such as patent foramen ovale and arterial dissection. ...Read more

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Aura (Definition)

The term aura is usually used to describe a visual change that occurs at the onset of a classic migraine. It is typically described as an odd light appearance, color change or other visual illusion associated with the headache. Not all migraines have auras..."common migraines" do not have auras, ...Read more


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Docs said i had higher risk for stroke bc of hemiplegic migraines. But those migraines mimic a stroke, so how will i know if/when its really a stroke?

Docs said i had higher risk for stroke bc of hemiplegic migraines. But those migraines mimic a stroke, so how will i know if/when its really a stroke?

Strokes persist: And, if they improve, take weeks or months to do so. Your symptoms presumably only occur in relation to your migraines and are not lasting. ...Read more

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I have inappropriate sinus tach (always 120+). Does this put me at higher risk for cardiomyopathy with pregnancy?

I have inappropriate sinus tach (always 120+). Does this put me at higher risk for cardiomyopathy with pregnancy?

Tachy: Unlikely that sinus tachycardia would lead to cardiomyopathy during pregnancy. That being said, you should be eval by a cardiologist during pregnancy with a baseline ekg and echocardiogram. A holter monitor may also be in order. I trust you have already had a work up. ...Read more

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Does having albinoism put me at risk for vision problems?

Does having albinoism put me at risk for vision problems?

Albinism: The lack of pigment in the eye can affect your vision and make you more sensitive to daylight and bright lights. ...Read more

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I have severe migraines with aura that occur at least a few times per month. Brain MRI was normal. I also have heart disease. Am I at risk for stroke?

I have severe migraines with aura that occur at least a few times per month. Brain MRI was normal. I also have heart disease. Am I at risk for stroke?

There is: a STATISTICAL association of classic migraine and strokes but single individuals are NOT "statistics"! Diet, Exercise, and control of your lipids will insure that you are not a statistic. BE WELL and hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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I have raynaud's and cold-induced urticaria. Does this put me at any greater risk for a stroke?

Yes: Raynaud's phenomenon is a vasospastic response of small blood vessels in the digits to external cold. It is a risk factor for stroke. You probably can't eliminate your cause of raynaud's as its ultimately genetic in origin. You can control other risk factors for stroke like cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. ...Read more

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Why does smoking put me at higher risk for heart disease? I smoke half a pack of cigarettes a day. I keep hearing it puts me at a higher risk of getting heart disease. Why does smoking increase my risk? .

Why does smoking put me at higher risk for heart disease? I smoke half a pack of cigarettes a day. I keep hearing it puts me at a higher risk of getting heart disease. Why does smoking increase my risk?

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Many reasons: Nicotine itself is toxic to the heart, and elevates heart rate, which makes the heart work harder. It lowers the oxygen level in blood, raises carbon monoxide levels (which further steals oxygen from our cells), adds poisons such as formaldehyde into the body), and anything that damages the lungs will damage the heart as well. You don't need to know why, you need to know it does, and to stop! ...Read more

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My father had a heart attack last week. Does this put me at a higher risk of heart attack myself? I am also overweight and over eat. Don't smoke?

My father had a heart attack last week. Does this put me at a higher risk of heart attack myself? I am also overweight and over eat. Don't smoke?

Maybe later: Predisposition for heart attack is hereditary. You are 28yo and female and that gives you certain protection now. However, because you do not want to have heart disease later in life, it is never to late to start doing right, like eating healthy and appropriately and start exercising to be in better shape, loose weight and delay or completely avoid a heart attack. Get clearance by your md. ...Read more

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I have no stroke risk factors except age, 77 and irregular heartbeat and two short episodes of afib in 8 month. Should i take xeralto which i hate?

Yes: Due to your atrial fibrillation, you need to be on chronic anticoagulation medication to reduce your risk if stroke. If you cannot tolerate your current medication, discuss other options with your treating physician. ...Read more

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42 WfHad a miscarriage and undergoing tests to find out why. My homocysteine level is11.11!! Am I at high risk for strokes or heart attack? Worried:(

42 WfHad a miscarriage and undergoing tests to find out why. My homocysteine level is11.11!! Am I at high risk for strokes or heart attack? Worried:(

See below: First thing to do is determine the reason for your elevated level. If its high due to lack of a vitamin then your risk of stroke or heart attack is probably within the expected range from someone your age. If you have a metabolic anomaly which leads to elevated levels then your risk is increased, but its difficult to say by how much. High levels of homocysteine can increase chance of miscarriage ...Read more

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I had a TIA nine months ago, quit smoking, hypertension controlled well, will i definitely have another stroke? Every tingle scares me.

I had a TIA nine months ago, quit smoking, hypertension controlled well, will i definitely have another stroke? Every tingle scares me.

Maybe: It's very important that you have a comprehensive evaluation including vascular imaging , heart monitoring and laboratory assessment. While your risk has decreased with the lifestyle modifications, structural lesions need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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I think I have a weak immune system--does this put me at higher risk for cancer?

I think I have a weak immune system--does this put me at higher risk for cancer?

Not necessarily: Patients that are on immune suppressive drugs or have diseases such as HIV are at higher risk for malignancy. Thinking you have a weakened immune system doesn't mean that you necessarily do. ...Read more

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I recently had some blood work done and was told I'm at increased risk for gout. My uric acid level was at 9.3 mg/dl. I'm in my early twenties. What lifestyle changes do I need to make?

I recently had some blood work done and was told I'm at increased risk for gout. My uric acid level was at 9.3 mg/dl. I'm in my early twenties. What lifestyle changes do I need to make?

You have gout!: With a uric acid level of 9.3 mg/dl not only are you at increased risk for gout...YOU HAVE IT! You need to , avoid beer and grain liquors, red meat, lamb and pork, organ meats, such as liver, kidneys and sweetbreads, seafood, especially shellfish, like shrimp, lobster, mussels, anchovies and sardines. A quick internet search will tell you much more. ...Read more

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If I am a male and my mother had breast cancer, does that put me at higher risk for other cancers?

If I am a male and my mother had breast cancer, does that put me at higher risk for other cancers?

That is a good: ...question but hard to answer without more data. Most (8-9 out of 10) breast cancers are not related to an inherited trait so just based on statistics, the answer to your question is probably no. That said, there could be a high risk gene passed from your mother to you, especially if she had cancer at an early age or if there are many other family members afflicted. Also, certain families.... ...Read more

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For 4 years i had single reading BP 150/80, 140/80, 130/90 at work settings.Now my BP is consistently @120/70-80day and night.Is my risk of CKD high?Pls

For 4 years i had single reading BP 150/80, 140/80, 130/90 at work settings.Now my BP is consistently @120/70-80day and night.Is my risk of CKD high?Pls

CKD?: You are awfully young to have hypertension, (h) as you started at age 19. Did they investigate you for a secondary cause of h, such as a conn's tumor? You major risk of ckd is your protein in your urine (p). Get a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance and p. You will probably need to start an drug such as ramipril 20 mg/day to reduce your p. People with p have more heart attacks, strokes and ckd. ...Read more

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Less than 6 hours of sleep per night. Does this really increase the risk of sudden death? I have a heart condition and don't sleep much. Am I at risk?

Less than 6 hours of sleep per night. Does this really increase the risk of sudden death? I have a heart condition and don't sleep much. Am I at risk?

See a sleep doc: You should be evaluated for sleep issues as true chronic sleep deficits should be assessed. The MD can then answer questions specific to your case rather than in generalities. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more