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As a migraine sufferer, how can I reduce my risk of stroke?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
First, it’s important to know that migraine sufferers do have a higher risk of stroke and other types of heart and vascular diseases. Second, reduce your risk by improving those risk factors that you can:
  • Do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days weekly.
  • Keep your weight down.
  • Make sure your blood pressure is in a good range.
  • Check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels and make sure they are
           in normal ranges.
  • Avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products.
  • Eat a healthy diet, including nutrients rich in omega-3 fatty acids
           (like walnuts).
Remember, you may have several risk factors you can’t control -- like your family history and whether or not you get migraines. But there is a lot you can do to reduce your other risk factors.

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