News Headlines Article

Headaches Drive 3 Million ED Visits Annually
Health Leaders Media

Headache as a primary diagnosis prompted more than three million visits to hospital emergency rooms in 2008. More than one third of those patients went because of migraine headaches, which were much more likely to result in an admission, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Of the 3,009,600 million ED visits for headaches, 81,000 resulted in an admission but 51,000, or 63.1% of those patients had a primary complaint of migraine, the agency reported.