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Study: Women with Migraine Have Increased Risk of Stroke

A preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2016 shows women with migraine may be more likely to suffer a stroke.

This is not the first time migraine and stroke have been linked. Earlier in 2016, a study was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference and revealed that migraine with aura doubles an individual’s likelihood of an ischemic stroke.

24964721940_3d1e8792f8_bAs it relates to women, researchers studied 917 women who were evaluated for heart disease. Of those evaluated, nearly 25% had a history of migraine. According to a press release, these women had an 83% higher risk of a stroke, compared to women without a history of migraine, during an average 6-year follow-up.

The study also found women with a history of migraine were more than two times likely to suffer a stroke than those who did not report a history of migraine.

“This is important since migraine is generally not considered a risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” Cecil Rambarat, MD, the lead author of the study, told a HealthDay reporter.

“Maybe providers need to factor in migraine headaches as a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease among women. This is currently not being done.”

Mitchell Elkind, MD, Professor of Neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, New York, said the relationship is strongest for migraine with aura and stroke.

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