Childhood Abuse Raises Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

A team of researchers that has been studying the relationship between childhood abuse and migraine has found another ramification of early mistreatment—migraineurs who were victims of abuse or neglect have an increased risk for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease. The researchers, from 11 neurology centers in the U.S. and Canada, analyzed surveys of 1,300 migraine patients, who were asked about their health status and childhood history, including incidents of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or physical or emotional neglect. They found an association between the total number of forms of abuse a person suffered as a child and the risk of stroke, transient ischemic attack and heart attack. Continue Reading



Aspirin and Migraine

AspirinFor nearly a century, aspirin has been used to treat migraine and other headaches. It has several actions that make it useful for treating migraine. First, it is an analgesic or pain reliever. Secondly, it blocks or reduces inflammation. This action is controlled in the body in part by a series of chemicals called prostaglandin. Aspirin blocks the ability of the body to manufacture these compounds. Thirdly, it reduces the ability of platelets to aggregate or stick together. The aggregation of platelets is important as it serves as the first step in the body’s ability to stop bleeding. It also plays a role in migraine attacks and other processes. In migraine, platelets aggregate, causing them to release serotonin into the blood stream, which eventually leads to the vascular actions and other effects of migraine. Continue Reading