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What is the connection between headache and stroke?

Headaches can be unrelated to stroke, but a sudden, severe headache with loss of vision or numbness in the face may be a sign of a stroke.

Headaches are more consistent with bleeding strokes (hemorrhage strokes). If somebody comes into the hospital with a sudden headache and weakness, I would expect this to be the bleeding kind of stroke. If there is no headache, I will probably lean towards the ischemic stroke, which is associated with blood clots.

Would I worry about every headache being a stroke? No, but there is about is about a 20-30% chance that having a stroke will lead to a headache.

There is basically no connection between headache and stroke. Some people who are having a stroke have a headache and some do not. The majority of stroke patients do not have a headache. There is some evidence that people with migraine headaches, especially women, are more likely to have a stroke than the general population, but that is the only connection.

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