Abbrescia V, Pearlstein L, Kotler M. Sumatriptan-associated myocardial infarction: report of case with attention to potential risk factors. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1997;97(3):162. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.1922.214.171.124.
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Vascular headaches are a relatively common phenomenon. Increasing numbers of patients with headache are being considered for treatment with the selective serotonin-receptor agonist sumatriptan succinate because of its potential for pronounced therapeutic efficacy in selected patients. Sumatriptan-associated myocardial infarction occurred in a 50-year-old woman with a history of migraine headaches. Cardiac risk factors that must be considered in all patients with migraine before initiation of therapy include concomitant ergotamine use, postmenopausal state, male gender older than 40 years, family history of heart disease, cigarette smoking, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, as reviewed in this report.
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