Closure of heart defect lowers migraine attacks

Closure of patent foramen ovale reduces the frequency of migraine attacks

I find this article very intriguing. A patent foramen ovale is a lack of closure of a flap between the left and right ventricles (we didn’t need the lungs in the womb so we just bypassed the lungs–it is supposed to close at birth). So, closing this flap surgically lowered the frequency of migraine attacks. 54 and 62% reduction in patients with and without aura, respectively. This is a tremendous reduction. Might this mean that other therapies designed to increase oxygen delivery and usage (i.e. CoQ10, carnitine, mediation) would have as dramatic effect as well? Neurology — Abstracts: Schwerzmann et al. 62 (8): 1399 –

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Closure of patent foramen ovale reduces the frequency of migraine attacks

Closure of patent foramen ovale reduces the frequency of migraine attacks

I’m finding this article very interesting. Fixing a patent foramen ovale (this is an opening from right to left ventricle that bypasses the lungs in the fetus who does not use the lungs, this should shut at birth) cuts migraine frequency in these patients by HALF. This really opens up a can of worms here. I’ve always had a problem with mainstream medicine’s approach to headaches in general. There is almost always an underlying physiological or anatomical imbalance that creates headaches. This needs to be found and fixed NOT COVERED UP WITH PAIN MEDS!!!! I cannot tell you how many times patients come into my office after years of unsuccessful treatment of headaches from the medical community and they are gone in 2-3 weeks.

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