A Migraine and Risk of Heart Disease

According to the latest research from Denmark, people who suffer from migraines might have higher chances to face cardiovascular problems. The migraines linked to a high risk of various heart problems. Include heart attack, atrial fibrillation, stroke, and blood clots which begin in the veins of a person.

The migraines are basically considered as a headache disorder. Along with the symptoms of nausea, throbbing pain, and sensitivity to sound and light. It is not the 1st research to connect the heart problems and migraine headaches. Literature has suggested that there is a connection between migraines and risk of the heart attack and stroke, especially among females.

The latest study has confirmed this connection. They revealed that the migraines are linked to the increased risk of heart problems. Including atrial fibrillation and blood clots. Moreover, the latest analysis has included a huge number of people. Results might give researchers various clues about the impact of migraines on the cardiovascular problems at the population level.

In this study, researchers have looked at the data from almost 51,000 Danish people who were suffering from migraines and almost 510,000 people who were not. People who were in the migraine group were firstly diagnosed by the age 35 and 71% of them were females.

The study has determined that people suffering from migraines had 1.5-fold more risk of the heart attack and a 2-fold more risk of the stroke than those people who had no headaches. This research also revealed that people with the migraines had a risk of the blood clots was 1.6 times more and risk of the atrial fibrillation was 1.3 times more than those people who had not migraine problem.

Moreover, the researchers revealed that the links between the migraines and various cardiovascular issues were quite strong in females than in males. The link was quite stronger in those people who were having migraines with the “aura”. It is a phenomenon which might precede a headache and includes the visual disturbances like seeing the flashing lights or blind spots in just one eye.

An Association between Head and Heart

There’re various reasons for cardiovascular issues. A potential mechanism might involve an unexpected constriction of the blood vessels in a brain. Which might lead to the migraines; it might make someone more sensitive to the stroke. (When the blood vessels constrict then it becomes more difficult for the blood to flow that can lead to the lack of blood in some parts of our brain.)

There is another explanation is that those people who are suffering from the migraines are quite less active. They need to take rest as the episodes strike that might increase risks of the blood clots.

A limitation of this research is that average age of research population was just 35. That is young for the heart-related issues. Hence, future studies would need to determine that prevention strategies. For the migraines might also decrease a risk of the cardiovascular disease.

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