Strokes and migraines share many of the same symptoms and are sometimes mistaken for each other. But does a migraine cause a stroke or vice versa? Research doesn't show that.
Studies do show that if you get a lot of migraines, you may have a higher chance of having a stroke later in life. But the risk is small.
If you've had a transient ischemic attack (TIA), you may need further testing and treatment after you've been checked by your doctor. If you have a high risk of stroke, you may have to stay in the hospital for treatment.
Your treatment for a TIA may include taking medicines to prevent a stroke or having surgery to reopen narrow arteries.
Medicines may include aspirin,
clopidogrel, dipyridamole with aspirin, or warfarin.
carotid arteries are significantly blocked, you may
need surgery to reopen the narrowed arteries (carotid endarterectomy).
Preventing another TIA or stroke
Your treatment will also focus on
TIA or stroke. This may include:
Reducing high blood pressure, the most common risk factor for
stroke, by making changes to your diet and taking medicines that lower blood pressure.
Taking aspirin or another antiplatelet medicine to
diabetes. Your doctor will advise that you try to keep
your blood sugar levels in a target range. To do this, you may
need to take oral medicines or insulin. Eating a healthy diet and getting
plenty of exercise will also help.
Getting a flu shot every year to
help you avoid getting sick from the
You may also need to make lifestyle changes such
as quitting smoking, eating heart-healthy foods, and being more active.