Could Migraines among Women Lead to Cardiovascular Problems?


Published Date : Jun 03, 2016

A new study in the United States has suggested that women suffering from migraines are likely to be at a greater risk of cardiovascular ailments such as strokes and heart attacks. 

Statistical Findings of the Study

An estimated 115,541 female nurses between the ages of 25 and 42 were analyzed by the team of researchers. These women joined the study back in 1989 and were monitored and followed right up till June 2011. At the start of the study, an estimated 17,531 women reported a doctor-made diagnosis of migraine and in the 20 years that followed, an additional 6,389 women were diagnosed with a migraine during follow up visits.  During the same period, around 1,329 cases of cardiovascular events such as strokes and heart attacks were reported among women, along with 223 deaths directly related to cardiovascular diseases. 

High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol among Women liked to Migraine

The study found that women who were suffering from migraine were at a greater risk of having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, of being overweight, smokers, and having a family history of heart attacks. The researchers took into account the various factors that govern the chances of women’s risk of cardiovascular ailments. Based on the findings, compared to those women who did not suffer from migraines, those with the severe headaches were 50 per cent more likely to experience cardiovascular events. 

Could Treating Migraines result in Declined Rate of Cardiovascular Disease?

Women need not be scared by the new results, says Tobias Kurth, lead author of the study and director of Germany-based Institute of Public Health Charite-Universitatsmedizin Berlin. He added that it has not yet been proven or even found if the treatment of migraines, in such cases, would result in the decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases. And while the researchers do hope to maximize on this opportunity, there isn’t any data to confirm or deny this assumption.