Can Migraines Increase the Risk of Stroke?
Although the symptoms of severe migraine attacks can cause fear that you're having a stroke, the likelihood of a migraine causing a stroke is small. It is true, however, that in people younger than 40 years (or in someone with long-term, untreated migraine with aura), the most common associated factor for stroke is migraine.
Migraine sufferers should avoid other risk factors for stroke, such as smoking, high-cholesterol diets, estrogen use, and untreated high blood pressure. Individuals who experience stroke-like symptoms (numbness or slurred speech) should seek immediate medical attention.
Note: This article was originally published on Aug. 16, 2012 on PharmacyTimes.com. It has been edited and republished by U.S. News.