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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 8, 2014

Epilepsy Linked With Comorbidities

JAMA. 2014;311(2):129. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.284577

Stroke, heart disease, and severe headaches are just a few of the health conditions that disproportionately affect people with epilepsy, according to a recent analysis.

Investigators used data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey to examine nonpsychiatric comorbidities among US adults with epilepsy. Among conditions with the greatest disparities was stroke: 14.3% of people with epilepsy have had a stroke compared with 2.4% of those who don’t have the condition.