Migraine with aura and stroke risks

This week a sorority sister of mine suddenly passed away from a stroke at 34 years  old.  I was shocked and confused when I heard the news because young, otherwise healthy, women don’t get strokes….right?  While reading the sad news of her passing, I came across an article that struck me.  This article states that migraines with aura may be a “hidden factor” or put women at a higher risk.  Although Katie’s story is not about having migraines and her stroke is suspected to have happened from a fall, I thought this article was worth sharing.  Knowledge is power and hopefully Katie’s story can help teach many about the risks of stroke and the seriousness of the symptoms that precede it.  She is yet another reminder to live each day the best you can and cherish each moment because life can change in an instant.

  • self.com written by Nina Bahadur (2016)

If you suspect signs of a stroke seek medical attention immediately.  There are many other resources about migraines and strokes on the internet that may share more light on this subject, here are two.


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Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. My kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate me to make a difference in the Migraine World.
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  1. Awaiting forth heart attack on February 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Am sorry for the loss. Having migraines at this caliper because for some of us response to the pain have significant increased in high blood pressure. Which is a vicious cycle has a higher risk of end organ damage, stroke, heart attacks and aneurysm. Most migraine medications warning not to take the medication because it significantly increases the chances of these for medical conditions. Personally, this is what I and medical team fear. I have had already three heart attacks caused which was triggered by migraine meds.

    I am a walking time bomb and can only take narcotics, which just mask the pain. If lucky. Those who have escalated blood pressure during migraine attacks should follow up with a cardiologist, as well the rest of your medical providers communicate with each other.

  2. mymigrainelife on February 8, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I’m so sorry you suffer in the way you do. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m sure people will learn from it. I know I did.

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