Headache after stroke

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CT scan showing haemorrhage

Overall prevalence 25 – 60%

  • Ischaemic stroke 25 – 30%
  • Haemorrhagic stroke 34 – 60%

Headache after stroke or TIA is often overlooked by clinicians as a result of concentrating on clinical signs and stroke management

Which strokes most commonly cause headaches?

More often associated with:

  • Haemorrhage (see picture below) than infarct
  • TIA than stroke
  • Cortical than deep white matter strokes
  • Thrombotic than embolic stroke
  • Venous than arterial stroke