A preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016 shows women with migraine may be more likely to suffer a stroke. This is not the first time migraine and stroke have been linked. Earlier in 2016, a study was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference and revealed that migraine with aura doubles an individual’s likelihood of an ischemic stroke.

A Danish study of more than 5 million people has found a link between psoriasis and migraine that increases with the severity of psoriasis. Both diseases have been associated with increased cardiovascular risk, but little is known about their interplay. To better understand a potential link, researchers reviewed health data on all Danish citizens ages 18 and older from January 1, 1997, to December 31, 2011. Of the more than 5,300,000 individuals, 53,006 had a mild form, 6,831 severe psoriasis, and 6,243 patients had psoriatic arthritis.

Recent news stories about a migraineur from Great Britian have illuminated a rare neurological disorder, which the woman developed in the midst of a migraine attack. Sarah Colwill, featured in a BBC documentary that aired in September, was hospitalized with a severe migraine in 2010 and woke sounding as though she had suddenly developed a Chinese accent. In addition to sounding differently, she also struggles with loss of vocabulary and pain while writing. Doctors diagnosed her with Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), which has afflicted fewer than 150 people since it was first named during the 1940s.

Q. I had a migraine yesterday morning and took my medication to get rid of it. It got rid of my pounding pain, but about 2 hours later a portion of the right side of my face became numb. Within another 3 hours, the entire right side of my face was numb, my mouth was drooping, and my right arm and leg were heavy. As you can imagine, we thought I could be having a stroke. I am 43. We went to the emergency room, and by the time I arrived, even my speech was affected. All CT scans came back clear. The doctors decided I was having a complex migraine and explained the headaches can present as though the patient is having a stroke. They gave me a migraine "cocktail" and massive steroids and within a half hour, my symptoms were much improved. I am still regaining more control even today. What was so odd was that I had no pain.  Have you heard of this kind of migraine before?

  stroke_hem_iso   Migraine with aura is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and now research indicates that the disorder increases the risk of all types of stroke. Previously, migraine with aura had been linked to an increased risk of ischemic stroke with only some evidence that it was linked to hemorrhagic stroke.