Migraines could increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases,suggests a study. According to the researchers, migraine increases the risk of heart attacks,stroke, blood clots and an irregular heart rate.
Although the absolute risks were low, the findings suggest that “a migraine should be considered a potent and persistent risk factor for most cardiovascular diseases in both men and women,” say the authors. Around one billion people worldwide are affected by a migraine. It has a considerable impact on quality of life and imposes a substantial burden on society.
Previous studies have suggested a link between a migraine and stroke and heart attacks, particularly among women, but the link between a migraine and other heart problems are less well known.