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2020 May 06

J Neurol Sci


Cerebral vascular reactivity and the migraine-stroke relationship: A narrative review.


Ornello R, Frattale I, Caponnetto V, Pistoia F, Sacco S
J Neurol Sci. 2020 May 06; 414:116887.
PMID: 32407982.


Migraine, and especially migraine with aura, is associated with an increased risk of stroke and vascular events; however, the reasons for this association are unclear. Several studies evaluated cerebral autoregulation and vasomotor reactivity in patients with migraine compared with non-migraineurs, with conflicting results. Our narrative review aimed at summarizing their results to find the most reliable evidence in the field. Studies which used visual stimuli to evoke vascular responses consistently showed an increased vascular reactivity in migraineurs compared with non-migraineurs, while studies which used systemic stimuli such as hyper- or hypocapnia showed inconsistent results. Therefore, central neural mechanisms might be more important than peripheral vascular mechanisms in determining the cerebral vascular responses of patients with migraine. However, a large body of evidence supports the existence of peripheral vascular dysfunction in patients with migraine. Further studies are needed to explain the complex interactions between central neural and peripheral vascular mechanisms in determining migraine and its vascular risk. Migraine preventive treatments, and especially the most recent ones with a peripheral action, might provide important insights in this field.