Headache and Acute Stroke

Dara G. Jamieson, Natalie T. Cheng, Maryna Skliut

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Disorders associated with prominent headaches, such as migraine with aura and cerebral arterial and venous diseases, increase the risk of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Central nervous system vasculitis, posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, and cerebral venous thrombosis are all disorders associated with severe or persistent headache in which the risk for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke is increased. Hemorrhagic strokes, more frequently than ischemic strokes, present with distinct headaches, usually accompanied by focal neurological symptoms. Pregnancy, and especially the postpartum period, is a time of overlap between new-onset headache and stroke risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number444
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute stroke
  • Headache
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Migraine
  • Venous diseases

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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