Health Blog with a stethoscope sitting on top of a laptop.

Welcome to Our Blog.

At McLeod Health, we are dedicated to providing useful health and medical information to our community. Take a look at our blog categories and choose those that interest you. Be sure to subscribe to each category of interest and we will send you new blog articles as they are posted.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
Posted on in Women's Health

Migraines + Smoking + Oral Contraceptives = Recipe for Stroke

May is National Stroke Awareness Month
Medically Review by 
Timothy Hagen, DO

Migraine headaches are more common in women than men.  Migraines can often be crippling, sending a women to a quiet, darkened bedroom. Migraines are said to put a woman at greater risk of stoke than even family history of heart problems or high cholesterol.

That situation is bad enough.  But add Smoking and Oral Contraceptives to the migraine mix, and you have a potentially destructive combination, says McLeod Neurologist Dr. Timothy Hagen.


Are your headaches, smoking and oral contraceptives putting you at risk of stroke?  See your OB/GYN for an exam that looks at your blood pressure, among other health issues.

Find an OB/GYN near you

Sources include: McLeod Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Heart Association, National Stroke Association, Women’s Health Initiative, National Institutes of Health

The information on this site is intended to increase your awareness and understanding of specific health issues and
services at McLeod Health. It should not be used for diagnosis or as a substitute for health care by your physician.
To report technical issues, please contact us. Public Access to Information or To Report a Concern.

©2012 McLeod Health. Download Vendor Code of Conduct | HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices | Patient Bill of Rights
Report a Concern | Visitation | Download McLeod Health Mission & Values