I have been reading of connections of migraine to stroke and heart disease. I have had migraines for 20 years and every time think i may die from the pain. Is there any way of knowing the difference between a normal migraine and one I should head to the emergency room for? I am developing anxiety about having a stroke during a migraine as i normally just wait it out in bed, no one would even know. Lyndal.
It's important to know of the link between Migraine and stroke and heart disease, but it's also important to keep that link in perspective. Take a close look at our newest article on the subject, More Evidence Links Migraine and Stroke Risk, particularly the summary and comments section.
What's "normal" for you is something that only you and your doctor can determine. You need to have a discussion with your doctor about this. Ask him when you should go to the emergency room, and ask him about reducing the stroke risks that you can control.
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Published On: June 15, 2010