According to a new piece of research published in the BMJ, women who experience migraines have an increased risk of also incurring cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. In turn, those same women are also at risk of dying much younger than women who don’t suffer from migraines.
Previous studies have linked migraines to a higher likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases, but it’s this latest research conducted by a team of US and German researchers that now connects them to a higher mortality rate. They undertook a large study of data from 115,541 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II. Participants were aged 25-42 years, free from angina and cardiovascular disease, and studied between 1989 and 2011 for cardiovascular events, diseases and mortality.
15.2% of participants were diagnosed by physicians as having migraines at the beginning of the Nurses’ Health Study. Over 20 years of continued follow-ups, 1,329 total cardiovascular disease events occurred in those women and 223 died due to cardiovascular disease. In comparison to the women who did NOT report a migraine from the outset, these results show that sufferers are at a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.
Led by Professor Tobias Kurth of the Institute of Public Health in Berlin, the authors of the study say: “these results further add to the evidence that migraine should be considered an important risk marker for cardiovascular disease, at least in women,” and there is no reason why the findings might not be applicable to men. “Given the high prevalence of migraine in the general population, an urgent need exists to understand the biological processes involved and to provide preventive solutions for patients,” they add.
Migraines affect 38 million men, women and children in the U.S. That’s 12% of the population. Acupuncture has proven to be an effective way of combating the pain experienced by migraine sufferers. If you or a loved one are dealing with the ongoing issue of chronic migraines, call us at the Acupuncture & Wellness Center, P.S. to schedule a consultation.
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