When is a headache just a headache? Doctors have long noticed that some people who’ve survived strokes report experiencing migraine headaches before the stroke. At the same time, we know that the vast majority of migraine headaches aren’t concerning for anything more serious.
Now the link between migraines and stroke is becoming clear – and it lies in two small arteries in the back of your neck.
For more info:
- Association Between Migraine and Cervical Artery Dissection The Italian Project on Stroke in Young Adults. JAMA Neurology. 2017 Mar 6. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.5704.
- Cervical artery dissection in patients ≥60 years: Often painless, few mechanical triggers. Neurology. 2017 Apr 4;88(14):1313-1320. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000003788.