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About one-third of women suffer from migraines, debilitating headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity.

About one-third of women suffer from migraines, debilitating headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. Migraines have been linked to an increased risk of stroke, and women are more likely to experience both migraines and strokes than men, making this a key women's health concern. A new study suggests a link between migraines and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women, as well. Researchers analyzed data from 115,541 women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study II from 1989 to 2011. At the study's start, the women were aged 25 to 42 and had no chest pain or CVD. After 20 years of follow-up, women who experienced migraines had an approximately 50% greater risk for major CVD (i.e., heart attack, stroke), and a 37% higher risk of dying from CVD, compared to their peers without migraines. Women with migraines should be aware of these additional risks and talk to their medical team about preventing cardiovascular events like heart attacks and stroke.

BMJ, May 2016

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Date:Jul 1, 2016
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