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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

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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?

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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A migraine is a type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain. It also usually causes light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. Migraines can ...Read more