Monday, April 21, 2008

AAN meeting news: increased risk of stroke among migraine patients


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Findings presented this week at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 60th Annual Meeting indicate that weekly migraines puts patients at increased risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Migraines' Frequency Increases Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

The findings, to be presented Thursday at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Chicago, point to different mechanisms linking migraines to distinct cardiovascular troubles, experts say.

And even though the average migraine sufferer's absolute risk of a heart attack or stroke is still low, the new study should be viewed in the context of other cardiac risk factors, said Dr. Richard Lipton, vice chairman of neurology at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City.



To address this, researchers suggest migraineurs careully manage other risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and weight.

For more information coming out of the meeting, visit:

AAN Annual Meeting Abstract and Award Press Releases

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