HEADACHES AND HEART DISEASE
ANCHOR LEAD : SOME WOMEN WITH MIGRAINE HEADACHES ALSO HAVE MORE HEART DISEASE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Women who experience migraine headaches with what is called aura – that is, symptoms such as visual disturbances that precede the actual headache, are much more likely to also have cardiovascular disease than women who don’t, an analysis from the Nurses Health Study shows. Rick Lange, chief of clinical cardiology at Johns Hopkins, offers his opinion.
LANGE: What this recent study showed was that women who have migraines with aural symptoms are more likely to have cardiovascular disease. This is important because as many as one in five women have migraine headaches, and 40% of those women have aural symptoms associated with it, so we’re talking about a huge number of women with migraine headaches who are at risk for cardiovascular disease. :20
Postmenopausal women who experience migraines are particularly at risk. Lange suggests that women with these characteristics be sure to advise their primary care doctor about their headaches and undergo as assessment for cardiovascular disease. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.