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Vascular Headaches

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Updated November 20, 2008

Migraine and cluster headaches are two types of headaches. Each is characterized by an involvement of blood vessels in the brain and/or skull.
Blood Vessels Involved in Migraine Headaches

Migraine and cluster headaches are two types of headaches. Each is characterized by an involvement of blood vessels in the brain and/or skull.

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The skull and tissues surrounding the brain have an intricate system of blood vessels used to nourish, transport neurochemicals, eliminate waste, as well as a number of other functions. When the flow in these vessels changes, or when the vessels themselves begin to spasm or change shape, headaches can occur. Migraines and cluster headaches are two types of headaches that are primarily caused by these changes in vascular flow.

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