Surgical patients with a history of migraines have a greater risk of stroke and readmission to hospital, finds a study published by
The BMJ today.The risk was found to be highest for surgical patients who have migraines with aura, where there are warning signs before the onset of migraine, such as seeing flashing lights.

Experts say migraine should be included in an individual’s risk assessment of stroke before undergoing surgery.

Link to full journal press release on study led by MGH investigator Matthias Eikermann, MD.