Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Migraine with Aura Appears to Increase Stroke Risk in Women

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Migraine with Aura Appears to Increase Stroke Risk in Women

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Women with a history of migraine with aura are at subsequent increased risk of stroke, according to new data from the landmark prospective Women's Health Study.

Migraine without aura, however, didn't confer increased stroke risk in the study. Neither did nonmigrainous headaches, Dr. Tobias Kurth reported at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

In a separate analysis of Women's Health Study (WHS) data, he found that hypertriglyceridemia doubled a participant's risk of ischemic stroke.

The WHS is a massive, ongoing prospective National Institutes of Health-sponsored study whose primary aims are to assess the effects of daily aspirin and vitamin E on rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The headache study involved 39,754 female health professionals followed prospectively for an average of 9 years. During that time, 385 women had a stroke; 80% of the strokes were ischemic.

At baseline, 13.0% of participants reported experiencing migraine within the previous year, with 39. …

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