migraine with aura

  1. Migraine with aura boosts stroke risk

    New risks for migraine patients

    A migraine with aura is like a kaleidoscope of pain -- a searing headache accompanied by blurred vision, blind spots, haze, flashing lights and more.

    And even worse than the pain is the fear -- the constant fear of the next attack, which could strike at any time... and in any place.

    But the worst part of all isn't the headaches. It's not the vision loss. It's not even the fear.

    It's everything else that comes with the package, because migraines can increase the risk of other serious health issues -- including potentially deadly cardiovascular problems.

    And now, new research confirms that women who battle migraine with aura have a much higher risk of stroke. It's so much higher, in fact, that it's an even bigger risk factor for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke than diabetes, obesity, smoking, extreme high blood pressure, very high cholesterol levels and more, according to the study of nearly 28,000 women.

    If you're a migraine patient yourself, this might sound pretty bleak. But I have some good news for you today: You don't have to live with the pain... you don't have to suffer the fear... and you certainly don't need to face all these other risks.

    You can take on a migraines with aura and win, and you can do it with a completely natural two-step approach.

    (You'd be shocked to learn just how few people so-called migraine meds actually work for. Click here to find out.)

    The first is nutritional. Since nutritional deficiencies can cause headaches, supplements can often chase them away. Magnesium and/or B vitamins can often help reduce or even eliminate migraines.

    The second is in your environment. Most migraines have triggers -- so the key is finding your triggers and then learning to avoid them. Sometimes, they're easy to spot and easy to avoid: alcohol, tobacco and/or caffeine are common culprits.

    But other triggers are not obvious at all, and include food additives such as artificial sweeteners and MSG -- both of which are often hidden in food under names most people won't immediately recognize.

    A holistic physician can help with an all-natural solution to migraine pain even a migraine with aura, including a dietary approach that could literally change your life for the better. But whatever you do, don't get hooked on painkillers -- they often don't work very well for migraines, and come with plenty of risks of their own.

    Keep reading for more!

  2. New risks linked to migraine with aura

    Migraines could boost heart risk

    A migraine isn't just a headache. It's a splitting, debilitating, earth-stopping, can't-get-anything-done hammer to the head. Throw in the colorful agony of aura, and your migraine misery will reach the next level -- and it may not be done with you yet.

    Migraine with aura is also a risk factor for deadly disease, especially heart problems and especially in women, and one new study shows how those risks are much bigger than anyone ever would have guessed.

    The 15-year study of 27,860 women finds that migraine with aura triples the risk of serious heart problems such as heart attack and stroke. It even triples the risk of death from any cardiovascular problem at all.

    In fact, it's such a reliable indicator of heart risk that it ranks ahead of almost everything else.

    You probably know, for example, that diabetes and obesity can increase your risk of heart problems. But not as much as migraine with aura, according to the new study.

    Have a family history of heart disease? That's a big risk factor, too -- but not as big as migraine with aura.

    And smoking may be bad for your heart -- but migraine with aura is actually worse.

    The only risk factor that ranked ahead of migraine with aura was high blood pressure, according to the study from the American Academy of Neurology.

    And if you suffer from migraine with aura and take hormonal birth control pills, a second new study from the Academy finds that you will face a higher risk of blood clots.

    You can choose to not take birth control pills. But you can't, of course, choose to not have migraines. However, there are steps you can take to minimize them even if you're prone to the condition.

    In another new study, researchers found that supplements of B vitamins, including B6, B12, and folate, can reduce migraine severity in women who have a genetic predisposition for the condition.

    This study is ongoing, so they're still trying to determine the proper dose -- but a good B complex would be an excellent place to start for most people.

    In addition, I've had great success treating migraines with a number of completely natural remedies backed by science.

    In one study, 75 mg of butterbur taken twice daily reduced migraine frequency by 48 percent -- nearly double the rate of a placebo. And in another, 600 mg of magnesium reduced the frequency by 41.6 percent -- nearly triple the rate of the placebo.

    In addition, many migraines have triggers -- and in some cases, they may not always be obvious. Common triggers can include food and drink such as chocolates and alcohol as well as lifestyle factors such as stress and poor sleep.

    Some of the most common triggers aren't foods but food additives such as aspartame and MSG -- additives you should be avoiding anyway, whether you have migraines or not.

    One way to identify your triggers is to keep a headache diary, including what you did and what you ate before the migraine started. Then, you can go through the journal and see if you spot any patterns.

    For a complete approach to identifying and correcting the cause of migraines, visit a holistic physician. And if you're in the Southern California area, make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

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