(Reuters) - Recent migraine headaches with visual symptoms often known as "aura" dramatically raise a woman's risk of stroke, researchers reported on Thursday in a study that adds to a growing body of evidence linking the two.
The risks were significantly magnified if women who suffered from migraines with visual problems also smoked or used oral contraceptives, although for young women in this category the chances of a stroke remain small.(Read entire article)
The study -- published online today in the journal Stroke -- comes from experts including Leah MacClellan, MSPH, and Steven Kittner, MD, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.
MacClellan, Kittner, and colleagues studied 1,000 African-American and white women age 15-49 living in and around the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. (Read entire article)