If you ask anyone who suffers from migraines, they’ll tell you they feel like hell on earth. And did you know that women are four times more likely to get them than men? What causes the searing pain that feels like a thousand hammers smashing into your cranium is unknown, but what we do know is that they can be a sign of something far more serious. A new study published by the American Migraine Foundation in the journal, The BMJ, found that women who get migraines are also more likely to develop heart conditions like heart attacks and strokes. They’re also slightly more likely to die from strokes compared to women who do not regularly get migraines.
The researchers looked at data from 115,541 women between the ages of 25 to 42 who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women were then followed for 22 years, and the researchers looked at whether they experienced heart complications. About 15 percent of the women in the study reported having migraines, and these women were 50 percent more likely to have a serious heart-based condition/event compared to women without migraines. Based on the results, the researchers argue migraines should be considered as a risk factor for heart disease. Saying that, there is no need to be alarmed. Always best to just keep an eye on things, and see your doctor if you’re feeling worried about your migraines.