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The pain of cluster headaches can be intolerable. In fact, a higher-than-average rate of suicide has been reported in men with these headaches. Eventually, as people age, the attacks cease, but doctors cannot predict when or how they will end.
Anxiety and depression are common among people with cluster headaches, which can affect functioning and quality of life.
About 14% of patients with cluster headaches have migraine-like aura. Recent research suggests that headaches that are accompanied by aura may increase the risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIA symptoms are similar to those of stroke, but last only briefly. A TIA is often a warning sign that a person is at risk for a more severe stroke. Headaches with auras may also increase the risk for eye retinal damage (retinopathy). The risks for stroke and retinopathy are associated with the effects of aura-related headaches on small blood vessels in the brain and the eyes.
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