When we’re looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it’s from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms and abbreviations that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it’s easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term or abbreviation. At other times, substituting just doesn’t convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I’ll be posting a “term of the day,” probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you’d like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today’s term is a frequently used abbreviation: CVD.
CVD is an abbreviation for cardiovascular disease.
With newer research about Migraine disease, we’re seeing more and more information linking Migraine and CVD risks.
You can read more about CVD issues Migraine in:
- Migraine and Cardiovascular Disease Risks - Dangerous?
- Migraine and Stroke Risk
- Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease?
- Migraine Disease Linked to Cardiovascular Disease in Men
- Migraine with Aura Linked To Cardiovascular Disease in Women
- More Research Links Migraine With Aura and Stroke in Women
- Gene Linked To Migraine and Increased Stroke Risk
For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate in the area of migraine and other headache disorders, and has been writing for the HealthCentral migraine site since 2007. She is a co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association. She received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award for “ongoing patient education, support, and advocacy,” in 2004 and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society in 2013. You can find links to Teri’s work on her web site and blog and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.
Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.
© Teri Robert, 2010
Last updated February 18, 2010