Modifiable risk factors for migraine progression (or for chronic daily headaches) - Clinical lessons

Marcelo E. Bigal, Richard B. Lipton

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

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Herein we summarize clinical issues gleaned from a full peer-reviewed article on modifiable risk factors for migraine. Since migraine is progressive in some but not in most individuals, identifying patients at risk for progression is crucial. Key interventions include: (1) Decrease headache frequency with behavioral and pharmacologic interventions; (2) Monitor the body mass index and encourage maintenance of normal weight; (3) Avoid medication overuse; (4) Avoid caffeine overuse; (5) Investigate and treat sleep problems and snoring; (6) Screen and treat depression and other psychiatric comorbidities. These recommendations have not been demonstrated to improve outcomes in longitudinal studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S144-S146
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006



  • Clinical lessons
  • Migraine
  • Modifiable risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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