Migraines Linked to Heart Problems, Researchers Claim
After 19 years of investigation that involved about half a million people, it has been said that suffering with migraines could be a sign of underneath heart problems.
The researchers found out that people who suffer from migraines were more likely to have a heart attack than those with no major headache symptoms – 25 per 1,000 compared with 17 per 1,000.
According to the research published in the British Medical Journal, Cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, stroke, blood clots and irregular heart rates are all related to migraine.
The research further stated that 45 in 1,000 migraine sufferers also experienced a common form of stroke, 20 more than those who don’t get migraines.
In a joint work, Danish and American researchers collected data from patients between 1995 and 2013. Out of the people examined, over 51,000 had been diagnosed with migraines and more than 510,000 hadn’t.
The average age someone was diagnosed with a migraine was 35 and 71 percent were women, the Researchers found out.
“In this nationwide cohort study, migraine was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease,” researchers said.
“This suggests that migraine should be considered a potent and persistent risk factor for most cardiovascular diseases in both men and women.”
Since the study was observational, there are no firm conclusions about its cause and effect.
Migraines are more severe than normal headaches. They regularly involve nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise, low energy and an intense, throbbing headache.
For some people they last just a few hours but for others they can last up to three days.