BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A new study shows a consistent link between migraine headaches and major heart disease in women.
The report looked at a Harvard study that followed more than 115,000 women for over twenty years. The women ranged in age from 25 years old to 42 years old.
Fifteen percent of women had migraines when the study started. Researchers found the migraine sufferers had a 50% greater risk of major heart disease.
The study also revealed they were 39% more likely to have a heart attack, 62% more likely to suffer a stroke, and 73% more likely to have other heart issues or need an angioplasty. Migraines were also linked to a 37% greater risk of dying of heart disease.
The study adjusted for smoking and other risk factors. Experts now advise women with migraines to be aware of the heightened risk and not to ignore signs of a heart attack or stroke. The report was published in the British Medical Journal.