Q: Dear Doctor, I would like to know: is there are a connection between migraines with aura and stroke? The symptoms of migraines with aura are very similar to those of a stroke. Can a migraine be a predisposition for a stroke? Thank you in advance.


A: As for the association between stroke and migraine with aura, the data which we possess is still under debate, although it is generally believed that there is a possible increased susceptibility to stroke in female patients suffering from migraine with aura. This pathology is also associated with smoking, the use of estrogen progestin pill, and coagulation abnormalities. My advice to patients with this disease is to stop using this pill, stop smoking and submit oneself to a screening test for thrombosis at the Unit of Hematology.