Migraine, a potent and persistent risk factor for most cardiovascular diseases

Sufferers would admit that migraines are more severe than normal headaches. The symptoms often include an intense, pounding headache, vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, and exhaustion.


In some cases, those suffering migraine headache experience it just a few hours. However, others put up with it for up to three days.

According to research findings, more than 8.5 million people in the UK are thought to experience a migraine each year. This number is higher than the number affected by asthma, diabetes and epilepsy combined.

Health experts believe, after a 19-year investigation involving more than half a million people, that there are proven links that migraines could be a sign of underlying heart problems in individuals.

Cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, stroke, blood clots and irregular heart rates are all linked to migraine, the British Medical Journal said in its most recent publication.

According to the researchers, patients who suffer from migraines were more likely to have a heart attack than those with no major headache symptoms – 25 per 1,000 compared with 17 per 1,000.


45 persons out of every 1,000 migraine sufferers also experienced a common form of stroke, 20 more than those who don’t get migraines.

And the number of strokes related to haemorrhages was higher in the migraine-suffering cohort (11 compared with six), while 13 compared with 11 suffered peripheral artery disease, the findings show.

Danish and American researchers collected data from patients between 1995 and 2013; out of the participants, over 51,000 had been diagnosed with migraines and more than 510,000 hadn’t.

Researchers found that the average age someone was diagnosed with a migraine was 35 and 71 per cent were women.

“In this nationwide cohort study, migraine was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease,” researchers said.

“This suggests that migraine should be considered a potent and persistent risk factor for most cardiovascular diseases in both men and women.”

According to Healthy Living in Body and Mind, the following are ways by which you can avoid or manage migraines: exercising regularly, intake of Riboflavin (vitamin B12), magnesium,  5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), Feverfew, and Omega-3 fatty acids.