Adults with migraine have an increased risk for ischemic silent brain infarction relative to their migraine-free peers, a new study confirms.
“Migraine is a neurovascular condition of the brain, with a small increased risk of silent brain infarctions, a risk factor for clinical stroke,” lead author Teshamae Monteith, MD, assistant professor of clinical neurology and chief of the Headache Division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Florida said.
“While the risk may be small, migraine patients with vascular risk factors should be treated for stroke risk factor reduction, including healthy lifestyle behaviors that include regular exercise and plenty of fruits and vegetables according the AHA/ASA [American Heart Association/American Stroke Association] guidelines,” she added.
The new findings, published online May 15 in Stroke, are from the ongoing Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS), a collaborative effort of researchers at the University of Miami and Columbia University in New York.
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