Nearly half of patients with migraine with aura are found to have a heart defect, study findsBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7520.800-d (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:800
- Roger Dobson
A study has found that nearly half of a group of patients with long term migraine with aura had a heart defect. The defect was a right to left shunt caused by a patent foramen ovale.
The study, by cardiologists and neurologists at University Hospital, Bern, Switzerland, appeared online ahead of print publication on 7 September in Neurology (www.neurology.org/papbyrecent.html). It used transoesophageal contrast echocardiography to examine the participants.
The study looked at a group of 93 patients who had had migraine with aura for an average of 18.5 years and 93 healthy control patients …