January 16, 2013

Researchers show migraine and heart risk link in women

Nurse talking to edlerly patient at hospital bedsideWomen who have migraines with aura may be more likely to have a heart or stroke, according to new research.

Analysing data from the 15-year Women’s Health Study, involving nearly 28,000 women, researchers say migraines with aura were the second strongest single contributor to heart attack and stroke risk, behind high blood pressure.

Migraines with aura include seeing flashing light or zigzags in front of your eyes, a stiff neck and a numbness or tingling.

Keeping active, eating a healthy diet and not smoking will reduce your risk of developing heart trouble

Maureen Talbot, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “Like all of us, those who experience migraine with aura need to do all they can to look after their heart and reduce their risk of having a heart attack.

Prevention is better than cure and keeping physically active, eating a healthy diet and not smoking will reduce your risk of developing heart trouble. Anyone who is worried about the findings of this study should talk to their doctor so they can be assessed and ensure they are receiving the right treatment for their migraines.”

The study was presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 65th Annual Meeting in San Diego.