The latest study from Harvard identified a connection between migraines and heart conditions in women. Some 115,000 women between the ages of 25 to 42 years were observed during a 20-year research.
When the evaluation began, 15% of them suffered from migraines. Scientists showed that women who had migraines also had a 50% higher risk of developing heart disease and 39% more vulnerable to a heart attack.
The study was conducted by a team of German and United States researchers who tried to establish the association between cardiac diseases and migraines. At the beginning of the study, scientists learned that 17,531 women were suffering from headaches.
Throughout the 20 years of analysis, 6389 more women started to have migraines. Moreover, 1,329 of them experienced cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attacks, whereas 223 deaths were linked to heart disease.
In addition to this, researchers discovered that women who suffered from migraines were more likely to develop high cholesterol and blood pressure, especially if they had a history of cardiac attacks in the family. Plus, they were more vulnerable to overweight.
The team of researchers also took into consideration the risk factors that could lead to the development of heart diseases in women. However, the investigation needs to continue in order to understand this process better and if treating migraines might help reduce the risk of heart diseases.
Unfortunately, there is no current treatment for migraines. Experts recommend women to have a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent headaches. Every person suffers from a migraine once in a while. Nevertheless, it is important to avoid making a ‘habit’ out of these headaches.
Migraine consists of a combination of nausea, a severe headache, and sensitivity to sound and light. The results of the study proved that women who experienced migraines were more likely to develop not just heart attacks, strokes, and vascular disease but also angina which is a chest pain caused by the reduced blood flow to the heart.
Worse, migraines were linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease mortality. This association was found in subgroups of women, including by oral contraceptive use, postmenopausal hormone therapy, hypertension, smoking status, and age.
All in all, scientists will double their efforts to find better treatments for migraines and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.