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Migraine sufferers face increased stroke risk

Recent research has concluded that migraine sufferers face 2.16 times increased risk of stroke compared to those without migraines. Those who also suffered additional vision interruptions from light affects had an increased risk of 2.27 times compared to 1.86 in migraine sufferers without aura. Other results indicate that female migraine sufferers who also take to pill are up to 8 times more likely to have a stroke but this risk figure is contradicted by other research results. The stroke risk is probably due to a blood flow reduction to the brain which is associated with a migraine. Almost 25% of women aged mid to late thirties suffer from migraines. More research needs to be done to determine the affect of oral contraceptive use on migraine sufferers with respect to risk of stroke.

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About: Migraine sufferers face increased stroke risk

Date: 13 December 2004

Source: Medical News Today

URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=17707

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