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Migraine linked to heart disease

A study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York has reported on an association between migraine and heart attack.

04 Apr 2010
A study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York has reported in a recent online edition of Neurology on an association between migraine and heart attack.

A collaboration with Merck Research Laboratories involving more than 11,300 participants - about 6,100 people with migraine and about 5,240 without - has found that people with migraines may be at increased risk of heart attack and other risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The subjects answered questions about headache frequency and treatment, plus diagnosed heart problems and general health.

Data were collected as part of The American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention Study, a longitudinal, population-based study of migraine patients in the US.

The study found that people with migraines were about twice as likely to have a heart attack as those without (or 4.1% of people with against 1.9% of people without). The risk was almost three times greater for those who experienced migraine with aura. People with migraines with aura were one and a half times more likely to have diabetes and high cholesterol compared with people without migraines.

Lead investigator Prof Richard Lipton said that the main message from the study was that migraine patients and their doctors should be particularly attentive to identifying and managing cardiovascular risk factors such as HBP, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.


Published: 04 Apr 2010