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Migraines Again Linked to Stroke Risk

Posted on February 11, 2010

Migraine linked to higher risk of stroke.

Reuters released an article yesterday discussing a new study that examined 11,000 adult migraine sufferers in the United States.  The study observed that people with migraines may have a higher risk of stroke.  Dr. Demetrius Lopes, endovascular neurosurgeon at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago reviewed the article with interest and is encouraged that this study will help raise the awareness of the connection between headache and vascular disease. “I frequently see patients with migraine and cerebrovascular problems such as aneurysms, AVMs, and stroke,” commented Dr. Lopes. “I hope family medicine physicians and other practitioners treating patients with migraines will consider the benefits of screening the cerebrovascular anatomy, with CT or MR angiography, to identify these potentially deadly silent conditions.”

The article went on to explain that “the precise cause of migraine headache is not fully understood, but the pain involves constriction, and then swelling, of brain blood vessels. The current findings….. support the notion that people with migraine may have dysfunction in the blood vessels throughout the body.”  Dr. Lopes also agrees with the authors of the study that patients who suffer with migraines should be especially vigilant about managing their other risk factors for stroke, including keeping their blood pressure and cholesterol readings within the healthy ranges, maintaining an active lifestyle, keeping off excess weight and being smoke-free.

If you suffer from migraines and are concerned about your risk of stroke, please comment below or email Dr. Lopes at info@ChicagoStrokeMD.com.

To read the Reuters study visit:  http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6195BQ20100210