Italian study results just released demonstrate that Migraineurs are more likely to experience a headache before the onset of a stroke than patients without Migraine disease.
"Headache is a common clinical symptom preceding or accompanying stroke, and migraine patients have a greater probability of complaining of headache, often with migraine-like features, before and during acute stroke than non-migraineur patients... The more frequent involvement of brainstem in migraineur patients with ischemic infarction supports the hypothesis that vascular events preceding the clinical stroke...can cause a dysfunction of this structure, which may be more predisposed to be abnormally activated."
Dr. Paola Sarchielli, Lead Researcher
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An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood supply to the part of the brain is suddenly interrupted. The symptoms of stroke are easy to spot: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or when they are damaged by sudden bleeding into or around the brain. These damaged cells can linger in a compromised state for several hours. With timely treatment, these cells can be saved. Stroke is diagnosed through several techniques: a short neurological examination, blood tests, CT scans, MRI scans, Doppler ultrasound, and arteriography. Stroke seems to run in some families. Family members may have a genetic tendency for stroke or share a lifestyle that contributes to stroke. The most...
My fiancé suffered a TIA a few weeks ago. He only suffered balance issues after the stroke. Since the stroke he has been suffering cluster headaches and has been prescribed Verapamil 40 mg Watson. His headaches have increased with severity and frequency. He is currently on pravastatin and atenolol. Any suggestions would be helpful. David.
First of all, any TIA is not necessarily equivalent to a stroke. By definition, TIA’s are transient and recover rapidly. TIAs have been well-known to be associated with headaches, including migraines about 30-35% of the time. A few reports of cluster headaches have also been reported after TIA. The calcium channel blockers, like verapamil, had been used in the treatment of cluster headache. However, many other agents have been used successfully in treating this type of headache. Of course, many one-sided headaches get diagnosed as cluster, so there is a caution as to appropriate diag...
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