Migraines and Lowering Risk of Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease?

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I keep reading there is a correlation between migraines and stroke and cardiovascular disease. But I have never read any recommendations. If I am at higher risk because I have migraines, what can I DO about it to lower my risk for stroke, etc? Susan.

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Dear Susan:

Research has shown a correlation between migraine and stroke and cardiovascular disease. The risk is increased more when we have migraine with aura as opposed to migraine without aura.

The increased risk isn't reason to panic, but it is an excellent reason to do exactly what you're doing - looking at reducing your risk. The approach we should take is to talk with our doctors about reducing our modifiable risk factors such as nutrition, exercise, smoking, hormonal birth control, etc. You can find more information in:

Thanks for your excellent question,
David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert

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