Migraines linked to heart disease and stroke

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: June 2016

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  If you have migraines, newspapers have claimed that this will increase your risk of death from heart disease or stroke. Is this scare-mongering or something to take seriously?

The story is based on research published in the BMJ , that found an approximately 50 per cent increased risk for major cardiovascular disease (CVD) (defined as resulting in heart attack, stroke, angina, angioplasty or heart bypass) in those with migraines, and an increased risk of death from CVD.

Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), said: “This large study of young women shows an association between migraine and an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

“However, further research is needed to establish a possible cause for this and also to determine if the findings apply to men and older age groups. If anyone who experiences migraines is concerned they should discuss this further with their GP who can determine if a heart health check is required.”

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: British Heart Foundation

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