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December 30, 2004

Migraines And Angina

If you are a migraine headache sufferer, chances are you are more likely to suffer from angina as well, according to a UNC-Chapel Hill study.

The study says those who suffer headaches for four hours or more, and especially those who see spots or lines before their eyes, are more likely to report angina than those without head aches.

What our work does not say is that people with headaches should ignore chest pain since that is an important symptom of a number of conditions, including coronary disease, she said.

Another study by the published in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® (PRS) states that surgical treatment of migraine headaches lowered care cost and missed productivity.

"By identifying the trigger areas for migraines and performing targeted surgical procedures, we significantly reduced or eliminated their migraines and the amount of time missed from work."

Patients in the study were injected with Botox® to help determine which muscles in the forehead, or back of the head, triggered their migraines. Once identified, these muscles were then surgically removed.

Personally, I don't like the sound of that idea. I get big ol' goose-egg-sized knots in my neck. Take that out and I have mental images of my head flopping around uncontrollably like something out of "The Far Side's" boneless chicken ranch.

Posted by linda at December 30, 2004 9:31 AM

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