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Saint Michael's Medical Center Urges Headache and Migraine Sufferers to Get Checked During Awareness Month, June

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Newark, NJ—According to the National Headache Foundation, over 37 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with migraine and less than half of all migraine sufferers have received a diagnosis of migraine from their health care provider. Since these disorders are often unrecognized, misdiagnosed and left untreated, Saint Michael’s Medical Center urges it patients to get checked during Headache and Migraine Awareness Month, June.

“Genetics often play a major role in causing migraines,” said Frederick Weisbrot, M.D., medical director of Neurology at SMMC. “Some migraine triggers include hormonal changes, stress, certain foods, medications, sensitivity to fluorescent lights and lack of sleep. Triggers merely tend to set off migraines.”

Common migraine symptoms include blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headache and sensitivity to lights, smells and sounds. More than 20 percent of people who experience migraine headaches also experience visual symptoms called aura, which appear as flashing lights or blind spots in one’s vision field.

While there is no cure for migraines, there are lifestyle changes one can make to help avoid these painful headaches. “Exercising regularly, eating healthy meals and getting enough sleep are a few good ways to help avoid your migraine triggers,” said Dr. Weisbrot. “Those experiencing chronic migraines should see their doctor. Certain medications may be prescribed to help ease migraine attacks and better manage the pain.”

To find a Saint Michael’s Medical Center physician, please call 973-877-5000, or visit

Established by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 1867, Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a 357-bed regional tertiary-care, teaching, and research center in the heart of Newark’s business and educational district. Saint Michael’s Medical Center is currently a member of CHE-Trinity Health. More information is available at


Cathy Toscano
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