Volume 7, Issue 22 May 29, 2014
The type of headache that increases
your risk for strokes
Strokes can be devastating. And they are not uncommon. Each year in the U.S. around 800,000 people have a stroke. The Centers for Disease Control list stroke as the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the major cause of paralysis and disability. The damage can be irreversible. So preventing strokes is absolutely vital. And now a new study shows that a certain type of headache can give you advance warning of your stroke risk.

If you get migraines, you need to know that this new study links these extremely painful headaches with an increased tendency for strokes.

In this new study, researchers looked at 104 older adults who were migraine sufferers. Their average age was 71. The researchers used brain MRIs to compare this group with 442 matched adults who had never had a migraine. They were looking for signs of silent brain strokes. A silent stroke is a stroke that happens without any symptoms, and only shows up on an MRI. The problem with these silent strokes is that people who get them are at a much higher risk of full-blown strokes. The results showed that the migraine group was twice as likely to have silent brain strokes.

So will preventing migraines also prevent these silent strokes and reduce the risk of more serious strokes? The researchers don't know. But here's my take on this study.

Migraines are even more common than strokes. In 2009, 10% of all men and 22% of all women in this country reported having migraines or severe headaches. And, according to this study, these people are at twice the risk for strokes than their migraine-free friends. So if you have migraines what should you do?

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I suggest following Dr. Teshamae Monteith's advice. She is the chief of the Headache Division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine who lead the study. She and I agree that the best advice for migraine sufferers to take away from this study is to take extra precautions to prevent strokes.

That means you should be compulsive about keeping your blood pressure under control; eating a high-fiber, low-glycemic diet; getting three hours or more per week of vigorous exercise; taking one scoop of my Super Immune QuickStart every day; getting enough sleep; taking bio-identical hormones when needed; and having a course every six months of di-sodium EDTA chelation therapy for those over 60 years. Doing these things can greatly help you avoid having a stroke.

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Monteith T, Gardener H, Rundek T, et al. Migraine, White Matter Hyperintensities, and Subclinical Brain Infarction in a Diverse Community. Stroke, May 15, 2014

Migraines Linked to Increased Risk of 'Silent Strokes' - Treating migraines might reduce stroke risk, researchers suggest by Mary Elizabeth Dallas, HealthDay Reporter. www.webmd.com. Accessed May 18, 2014

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