About Migraines with Aura

By: From SwedishAmerican Hospital
By: From SwedishAmerican Hospital

ROCKFORD (SAH) -- While covering the recent Grammy Awards, CBS reporter Serene Branson displayed symptoms that appeared to be a stroke, but in actuality were a neurological event called migraine with aura.

“Thirty-six million Americans have migraine," says SwedishAmerican headache specialist Dr. Jeffrey Royce. "Auras are confused with stroke by patients and physicians alike. Migraine with aura doubles the stroke and heart attack risk for females.”

As Rockford's only board-certified headache specialist, and one of only 10 in Illinois, Dr. Royce provides expertise that is unique in the Rockford area. He provides treatment for patients suffering from migraine with aura through the SwedishAmerican Neuro & Headache Center.

Migraine with aura symptoms can include weakness, numbness and tingling, and loss of motor function. Evidence indicates the existence of a genetic link, meaning that this condition can run in families.

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