Dr. Robert Brown on Strokes

This Medical Edge Weekend episode feature sMayo Clinic neurologist, Dr. Robert Brown talking about strokes —  the signs, symptoms and treatment.

Medical Edge Weekend 5-15-10


  1. Anna Binkovitz
    Posted May 12, 2010 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    In the case of a teenage girl taking oral birth control, what is the risk of stroke if she has previously had migraines with effects in her arm, but no longer has those headaches?

    • jstreed
      Posted May 15, 2010 at 8:21 am | Permalink


      Thanks for your question. Here is the reply from Dr. Brown:

      Several studies suggest that migraine is a risk factor for stroke–this is particularly true for migraine with aura (preceding symptoms such as tingling, vision change or weakness that can occur just before the headache). The risk may be about three times as high as normal in people with migraine with aura, and about 1.5 times as high in migraine without aura.

      Oral contraceptives may slightly increase the risk of stroke, but this issue is somewhat controversial. This risk is very low with the use of the most contemporary oral contraceptives with low estrogen content. Particularly in young women who do not smoke and do not have hypertension, the risk is very low. This stroke risk is also increased in patients with migraine with aura. The recommendations regarding oral contraceptives in women with migraine with aura is complex. If the migraine with aura occurred in the past but are no longer occurring, they may be a candidate for oral contraceptives. If the migraine with prolonged aura episodes are ongoing, then one would likely recommend avoiding oral contraceptives.

  2. Posted May 15, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Hi Dr. Brown,

    Does having MS increase the risk of stroke?

    Thank you,

    • jstreed
      Posted May 24, 2010 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      Dr. Brown says the evidence does not point to MS being a significant risk factor for stroke.

%d bloggers like this: