Headaches and migraine – debilitating disorders in their own right – are often seen both at the onset of, and after, strokes. However, there is still not enough conclusive evidence regarding their relationship with stroke and their effects on patient outcomes.
Headaches and migraines are seen both at the onset of stroke and after a stroke, yet little is known about their relationship with stroke and their effects on patient outcomes. This lack of evidence means there is a lack of guidance and clarity regarding management, so stroke-related headaches and migraines are often left undiagnosed and untreated.
This article explores the relationship between headaches/migraines and stroke, discusses the importance of recognising and treating headaches and migraine occurring after a stroke, and highlights the need for further research.
A large amount of evidence has been published linking migraine with aura to stroke and other cardiovascular events, including several meta-analyses examining the actual risk of ischaemic stroke in people with migraine. They all suggest the overall risk of stroke is higher in people with migraine.