An estimated four million people go to the emergency department each year for headaches. Although most cases are benign, about four percent of emergency department headaches can be catastrophic. Murtaza Akhter, MD, an assistant professor in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, discussed the challenges of diagnosing headaches, common treatments and recommendations for clinicians.
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Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated 500 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,000 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.