Many studies since 1999 have confirmed the link between migraine and heart disease. If you’re experience migraine attacks, what do all these studies mean for you? Can you benefit from these studies?
Migraine and Heart Disease
In a recent study in July 2016, published in online British Medical Journal, there was a focus on mortality. All those who’re suffering from migraine with aura seem to be at an increased risk of dying from stroke or heart disease.
And this is not the first time this kind of link has been seen. In 2006, a study discussed that men with migraine were at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack or stroke. Another study in the same year indicated migraine with aura being the big risk factor for an “event” related to heart disease. More information has surfaced in 2017 confirming the connection, and now researchers are working overtime to find out why this link is so strong.
So what difference do these reports make to you as a migraine patient? Here we are discussing six critical things you need to know:
Don’t take it easy- Well, this is the biggest reason why migraine is a serious disease. Migraine should be treated properly, and you should not make enough efforts just to put up with it. Though it’s not clear how much this approach will help your cardiovascular health to slow or halt your attacks, it’s definitely a part of the big picture.
Actual risk is low-Actual risk of death due to heart complications from migraine, even the one with aura, is still fairly low. There is no information yet that is based on the strong evidence to suggest your risk skyrockets due to your migraine-it just increases your risk. This means, you just need to be concerned about many other risk factors, and make sure you are getting exercise, eating healthy, and also getting regular checkups.
Watch out for symptoms-You should watch for symptoms of both heart disease and migraine, heat attack, stroke, and so on. For migraine/headache-any time you experience changed symptoms, worst-ever symptoms, new symptoms, you need to see your doctor right away. Don’t panic each time you get an attack. This link does not mean you will get a stroke or heart attack when you get a migraine attack.
Migraine impacts your whole life, not just the times when you get an attack. All those who get migraines have different physiology and genetics. Though there is a rare link between cardiovascular events and ongoing severe migraines, it’s very rare. If you’re experiencing worse-than-normal or unusual migraine symptoms, you should immediately see your doctor.
Try to lower your risk-Yes, this is definitely an added motivation to lower your risk-bet active, keep your weight at an healthy level, avoid second-hand smoke or direct smoking, avoid street or illegal drugs, and get your migraine treated properly, by a specialist.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor- Risk factors for heart disease and stroke-including migraines-can add up fast. If you only get migraine attacks, it will never be a big problem. But if you’ve a strong family history, and you also smoke, then it’s best to see your doctor as he or she will prescribe you a medication that further decreases your risk. Make sure your doctor has all the information he needs!
Hope! There’s some helpful tips in all this. This link is still being researched, and we all are learning many new things about both cardiovascular health and migraine. This also means were learning more about treatments-how to better use the treatment options before us, and how to further develop the promising ones. There is no reason to panic, and this can be another solid reason to fight migraine and believe this battle can be won.