Thursday, September 16, 2010

Stroke-migraine link suspected

Everyone should know the stroke signs and symptoms. And now, one more reason: There is growing suspicion - no proof yet - that certain migraines might be stroke-related.

Migraines with aura may raise stroke risk

The two new studies, both published in BMJ, add to the evidence of a suspected migraine-disease link. But both research teams say the findings should not alarm those who suffer migraine with aura because the risk is still low.

''We don't want to scare people at all," researcher Tobias Kurth, M.D., Sc.D., director of research at INSERM at the Hospital del la Pitie Salpetriere in Paris, tells WebMD. The vast majority of migraine sufferers, he says, will not get a stroke because of their migraines.
(Image from the National Library of Medicine)

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