New Research Shows Migraine Responsible for 13% of Deaths in Women
by Teri Robert / @trobert , Health Guide | August 27, 2014
For several years now, studies have shown an association between migraine and cardiovascular disease and incidents. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and events include diseases and events related to the heart and blood vessels and include:
- Heart attack, aka myocardial infarction;
- Atherosclerosis: a condition in which plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries;
- Heart failure;
- Arrhythmias, which are abnormal heart rhythms;
- Heart valve problems
- Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke;
- Cerebrovascular disease: diseases of the blood vessels that supply the brain; and
- Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: blood clots in the veins of the leg, which can come lose and move to the heart and lungs.
At the American Headache Society’s annual scientific meeting in June 2014, a research poster was exhibited that significantly added to the body of evidence linking Migraine and cardiovascular diseases and events.
•Summary and Comments:
For several years, we’ve seen studies on the associations between migraine and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and events such as stroke and myocardial infarction (heart attack). This is the first study to look at either association or causality of migraine in relation to deaths from all causes. Data from this type of study, which contained such a large number of participants and collected data over such a long time period is very strong.
•Summary and Conclusions
The conclusion that 13% of all deaths of women in this study were due to migraine is startling and should be a wake-up call to women with migraine. Panic or feeing defeated by this statistic is neither warranted nor helpful. Rather, this wake-up call should motivate women with migraine to have constructive conversations with our doctors regarding what we can do to reduce modifiable risk factors and other actions we can take to be healthier and stronger.