Ischemic stroke and migraine in young people

Takeaway

  • Cryptogenic ischemic stroke (CIS) in young adults is associated with an increased risk of migraine, particularly migraine with aura (MA).

Why this matters

    A large number (33 to 50%) of ischemic strokes in young adults are ultimately determined to be cryptogenic – without clear etiology – despite thorough diagnostic work-up. Migraine is common in young patients with ischemic stroke, as is patent foramen ovale (PFO); however, there is a paucity research into the association between migraine and CIS in young adults.

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