Migraines Increase Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Risks
Women with ischemic heart disease and history of migraine headaches are at increased’ risk for future cardiovascular (CV) events, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Medicine.
A team of researchers led by Cecil Rambarat, MD, from the Department of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville, analyzed data from 917 participants in the Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) study (mean age, 58 years) who presented with symptoms of myocardial ischemia, underwent structured data collection and coronary angiography, and had information available pertaining to migraine headaches.
In an interview with Cardiology Advisor, Dr Rambarat said the study was conducted to “expand upon previous literature suggesting an association between migraine headache and stroke, in addition to cardiovascular disease.”
A prior midterm follow-up analysis of this cohort at 4.4 years found that a history of migraine headache was not associated with increased CV events. The current analysis was designed to extend the investigation to longer-term events. All study participants had all-cause mortality data available for a median of 9.5 years, and 888 participants had nonfatal CV event data available for a median of 6.5 years.