Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Migraine With Aura Linked to Small Rise in Heart, Stroke Risks

(HealthDay News) -- People who suffer migraines with aura are at increased risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, but the individual risk for a migraine sufferer is low, two new studies show.

Auras -- temporary visual or sensory disturbances that occur before or during a migraine headache -- affect about one in five migraine sufferers, according to the U.S. National Women's Health Information Center.

Both studies were published in the Aug. 25 online edition of the BMJ.

In one study, Larus Gudmundsson from the University of Iceland and colleagues examined the impact of mid-life migraines in 18,725 men and women born between 1907 and 1935 who took part in research (the Reykjavik Study) that was launched in 1967 to study heart disease in Iceland.

Based on their analysis of a 26-year follow-up of the study participants, Gudmundsson's team concluded that men and women who suffered migraine with aura were at increased risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, as well as all other causes. Those with migraine without aura were not at increased risk. Read more...

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