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Is there an increased risk of stroke for migraine sufferers?

Is there an increased risk of stroke for migraine sufferers?

Yes: According to a study in the american journal of medicine (may 20, 2010)- migraine sufferers are about twice as likely to suffer stoke. It's important to reduce your risk factors for strokes- control blood pressure, lose weight and stop smoking. ...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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Is there a link between migraine and the risk of having a stroke?

Is there a link between migraine and the risk of having a stroke?

Definitely, yes: Migraine patients are also at increased risk for developing a cerebrovascular event such as stroke or transient ischemic attack. Ask your doctor for more information and migraine prevention management. ...Read more

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Is the risk of alzheimer's greater for someone with an aneurism 15 years ago?

Is the risk of alzheimer's greater for someone with an aneurism 15 years ago?

Glad you survived.: No, the intracranial bleeding does not cause alzheimer's, but may be associated with another cognitive impairing entity, normal pressure hydrocephalus, which would be diagnosed only if you develop a gait apraxia, urinary incontinence, and memory loss. Really, do not worry, as it is infrequent. Enjoy life, you made it! (you see, about 50% of aneurysmal ruptures die before reaching hospital). ...Read more

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Is there an increase case of aneurysm lately?

Possible: Older population more people more atherosclerosis also better diagnostic screening, finding, and fixing! ...Read more

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Is there an increased risk of migraine for women who take estrogen for menopausal symptoms?

Is there an increased risk of migraine for women who take estrogen for menopausal symptoms?

Yes: Migraine usually first occurs in teens when their estrogen levels are spiking. Many women tend to get more migraines at certain times of their cycle. Menopause may offer relief as estrogen levels go down, but taking estrogen may make migraine worse. However, if a woman has not had migraine before, taking estrogen in menopause is unlike to cause it. Other causes for headaches should be considered. ...Read more

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Is there any increased risk for brain hemorrhage if a person has factor V disease?

Is there any increased risk for brain hemorrhage if a person has factor V disease?

Yes.Factor V Leiden?: By "Factor V disease", you've either Factor V Leiden or Factor V deficiency. Either way, you can be at risk for brain bleeds. Factor V Leiden predisposes you to clots in the brain, but the vessels distal to (further downstream) from the artery where the clot forms can degenerate; then, if/when blood flow is restored thru other arteries, that part of the brain can hemorrhage. (Clotting & bleeding) ...Read more

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Why is there an increased risk for venous thrombosis after haviong a heart attack?

Why is there an increased risk for venous thrombosis after haviong  a heart attack?

Inactivity : I agree with dr hansen, the number one reason would be inactivity from being hospitalized. However there is also a hypercoagulable state from the inflammation of the heart attack itself. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence that more recent boxers suffer a lower incidence of dementia?

Is there any evidence that more recent boxers suffer a lower incidence of dementia?

Head trauma: Boxing is another form of head trauma. Head trauma causes damage to the brain at many levels, and contributes significantly to neurodegenerative disorders including but not limited to dementia. ...Read more

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One of the symptoms of a stroke is severe headache. Wow can a stroke be prevented?

Many ways: There are many reasons for a stroke. High blood pressure, embolic, cerebral aneurysm rupture, or bleeding problems. If high blood pressure the source, control blood pressure. If you have infected or artificial heart valves, use coumadin (warfarin). If carotid stenosis, control cholesterol, take mini asoirin, carotid enderectomy surgery if necessary. Cerebral aneurysm repair or coil placed. Pineapple, dark ch. ...Read more

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What is the relationship of hypertension and risk for decrease cardiac output?

What is the relationship of hypertension and risk for decrease cardiac output?

Heart failure: Long-standing hypertension (or high blood pressure) leads to left ventricular hypertrophy, and if untreated, can eventually lead to congestive heart failure and decreased cardiac output. Hypertension is also a risk factor for stroke and coronary artery disease (another potential etiology for decreased cardiac output). ...Read more

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What is the riskiest part about an EP study for arrhythmia? Does the risk increase for heart patients with other chronic conditions?

What is the riskiest part about an EP study for arrhythmia? Does the risk increase for heart patients with other chronic conditions?

Provocative test & q: The EP test is a provocative test. The EP physicians try to induce & "capture" an arrhythmia to see where it starts. Depending on location & type, ablating ("zapping") the irritable part is possible & curative. But it is a provocative test, & so done in a controlled environment to stop any arrhythmia provoked. Do exactly what the EP doc says, when he says it & u shd be fine. Don't overthink it. ...Read more

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What kind of people are at an increased risk for hyperkalemia?

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What kind of people are at an increased risk for hyperkalemia?

Hyperkalemia: Ones with kidney disease, adrenal gland disease, or medications that cause increase potassium. ...Read more

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Is increasingly worsening tinnitus cause for concern?What are some of the causes of an increased volume or persistence of ringing?

Is increasingly worsening tinnitus cause for concern?What are some of the causes of an increased volume or persistence of ringing?

Persistent Tinnitus: Great quest. Although tinnitus is a common (typically benign) condition, it is worth mentioning any changes to a specialist. It can result from a # of diff causes (meds, vascular, neurologic) but most are idiopathic (unknown cause). Standard eval inclds a hearing test, followed by an ENT exam. History is important, so before your visit, try to write down all your sympt's & what makes better/worse. ...Read more

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Does disautonomia or pots patients have a higher risk of any kind of heart attack than the general public?

Does disautonomia or pots patients have a higher risk of any kind of heart attack than the general public?

CVD risk of POTS: 32 F asks: Does disautonomia or pots patients have a higher risk of any kind of heart attack than the general public? ANS: not that I am aware of and have been doing BP problems for 50 years. I would recommend going to PUBMED and search dysautomomia AND POTS and myocardial infarction and see what comes up and they ask you treating physician as knows you best. ...Read more

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What is the cause of sudden headaches for someone who has no history of headaches?

What is the cause of sudden headaches for someone who has no history of headaches?

New onset headache: There could be many causes for new headache but a neurologist always assesses for the worrisome reasons, like an infection in sinus or teeth, early meningitis (infection in spinal fluid), west nile virus or most worrisome, some sort of tumor. If you have a new headache, best to see your doctor to consider referral to neurologist. ...Read more

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Is there an increased risk of stroke for migraine sufferers?

Yes: According to a study in the american journal of medicine (may 20, 2010)- migraine sufferers are about twice as likely to suffer stoke. It's important to reduce your risk factors for strokes- control blood pressure, lose weight and stop smoking. ...Read more

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Is there an increased risk of stroke in subsequent pregnancies or with Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUS use if I developed migraine w aura at 3 weeks post partum?

Is there an increased risk of stroke in subsequent pregnancies or with Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUS use if I developed migraine w aura at 3 weeks post partum?

Mirena (levonorgestrel) and Migraines: As with all medications, there is always risk and caution should be observed with use of any form of birth control. This medication is a synthetic progestin and is accepted as safer than any estrogen containing contraceptive in individuals with migraine with aura; such use of an estrogen containing contraceptive is contraindicated due to high risk of stroke and thromboembolism. ...Read more

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With my migraines and my increased risk of stroke.. How can I avoid that?! I'm allergic to Aspirin. Don't smoke or drink.

With my migraines and my increased risk of stroke.. How can I avoid that?! I'm allergic to Aspirin. Don't smoke or drink.

Can prevent stroke: at your age by preventing or limiting the prevalence of migraine by avoiding triggers and taking preventative medications if needed, ...Read more

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Is there an increased risk of migraine for women who take estrogen for menopausal symptoms?

Yes: Migraine usually first occurs in teens when their estrogen levels are spiking. Many women tend to get more migraines at certain times of their cycle. Menopause may offer relief as estrogen levels go down, but taking estrogen may make migraine worse. However, if a woman has not had migraine before, taking estrogen in menopause is unlike to cause it. Other causes for headaches should be considered. ...Read more

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Am I at increased risk of cervical artery dissection with my migraine history and intercranial hypertension?

Am I at increased risk of cervical artery dissection with my migraine history and intercranial hypertension?

Likely not: Both migraine and intracranial hypertension have varied causes most of which are not related to dissection of the vertebral or carotid arteries in the neck. dissection is usually related to either trauma in the neck, systemic hypertension or fibromuscular dysplasia of the carotid or vertebral arteries which can by diagnosed by ultrasound or CT angiography. ...Read more

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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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Is there a link between migraine and the risk of having a stroke?

Definitely, yes: Migraine patients are also at increased risk for developing a cerebrovascular event such as stroke or transient ischemic attack. Ask your doctor for more information and migraine prevention management. ...Read more

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How can one differentiate between migraine systems and stroke symptoms?

How can  one differentiate between migraine systems and stroke symptoms?

Can be tough: Besides age, migraine in young, stroke in old, evaluate presence or absence of headache, nausea/vomiting, sensitivity to noise/light. However, some migraine pts do get stroke, especially if smokers, or taking female hormones. Most neurologists can detect differences quite readily. ...Read more

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Will a hospital admit me if I have a complex migraine that could be a stroke?

Will a hospital admit me if I have a complex migraine that could be a stroke?

Possibly: What will likely happen is that you will be seen in the emergency department and get some testing to determine if it is a stroke. If there is any chance of stroke you need to go to emergency now by ambulance. Do not delay.If it is a stoke you will be admitted. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine. Is this dangerous? Am I more likely to get a stroke?

I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine. Is this dangerous? Am I more likely to get a stroke?

Yes: Migraines are associated with somewhat increased risk of stroke. You should do your best to minimize risk by not smoking and not taking birth control pills. Do not let a doctor prescribe triptan medications like Imitrex (sumatriptan) and others, or ergotamine medications for 'complex' migraines. Migraine preventative meds should be considered and you should talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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How do I know if what i experienced was an aura or a mini stroke an if I should be concerned about the migraine i still have a week later.?

How do I know if what i experienced was an aura or a mini stroke an if I should be concerned about the migraine i still have a week later.?

Control yourself: Anxiety is your worst enemy. Migraine causes constriction of the blood vessels to the brain, but should then relax and recovery with time. In rare cases this can result in a permanent deficit or "stroke". Most cases recover fully without residua. Anxiety and tension will extend the migraine and the risk. Use Aspirin and relaxation and control yourself. Get a thorough evaluation by your md. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between a migraine and a stroke?

Be seen: If you suspect a stroke, you should be seen immediately. ...Read more

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Had tunnel vision last Thursday along with a dream state. Now everything is tilting to the left with naseau. I had a migraine induced stroke in 2012?

Had tunnel vision last Thursday along with a dream state. Now everything is tilting to the left with naseau.  I had a migraine induced stroke in  2012?

Please go to: your emergency department or your doc if you can see/him or her quickly. That way you will find out what is going on and can prevent further complications. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Had tunnel vision last Thursday along with a dream state. Now everything is tilting to the left with naseau. Migraine induced stroke 2012. Am I anoth?

Had tunnel vision last Thursday along with a dream state. Now everything is tilting to the left with naseau.  Migraine induced stroke 2012. Am I anoth?

Only way to find out: is to get scanned. A stroke is a medical emergency. Call your doctor. If he/she doesn't think you need to go to an ER, go anyway. Migrainous strokes are usually quite small but still not to be taken lightly. A CT is likely inadequate: for migrainous strokes, MRI is the test of choice. I hate unnecessary testing, so if I'M telling you to get scanned, you know I'm concerned. ...Read more

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I have IIH &a daily migraines. Have episodes of hemiplegic migraine which last maximum 2 months. Scans and tests negative for stroke. What causes this?

I have IIH &a daily migraines. Have episodes of hemiplegic migraine which last maximum 2 months. Scans and tests negative for stroke. What causes this?

IIH and HM: many times we don't have an answer for why IIH happens. Often we see IIH in women who have been using certain acne medications or who have gained weight rapidly, but the mechanism of this increased pressure is unknown. Hemiplegic migraines, on the other hand, are often due to a calcium channel mutation - there is a genetic tendency for this protein to let too much calcium in and cause migraine ...Read more

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Old lacunar infarcts or bilateral benign cysts found in basal ganglion. Seeing neuro soon. Possible cause of my migraine w/ stroke like symptoms?

Old lacunar infarcts or bilateral benign cysts found in basal ganglion. Seeing neuro soon. Possible cause of my migraine w/ stroke like symptoms?

Unlikely,: Not unique for an MRI to show white matter lesions in pts who have history of migraine, especially complex episodes, either classical or hemiplegic. Strokes with migraine, seems most associated with auras, cigarette smoking, and hormonal use. The root cause of your episodes is genetic, which changes your brain glutamate sensitivity. ...Read more

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How likely is this to be a stroke; 3 month HX of vertigo, right sided neck pain and severe headache. Episodes can last 7 days. Migraine or stroke?

How likely is this to be a stroke; 3 month HX of vertigo, right sided neck pain and severe headache. Episodes can last 7 days. Migraine or stroke?

U should B Cn by- : -a neurologist, the important thing is 2 rule out it Bing a transient vascular event. An MRA of the brain will pick up a narrowing of a vessel or an aneurism . ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more