Migraines Linked To Heart Risk In Men
Men who suffer from migraine headaches appear to be at an increased risk for
cardiovascular disease, mostly due to a higher risk of having a heart attack,
But the advice to
men with or without migraines is the same, experts say: Pay attention to heart
risk factors such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol.
“Migraine has been
associated with major risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as
hypertension and elevated cholesterol, so patients with migraine should focus on
traditional risk factors until we understand why migraine is linked with
cardiovascular disease,” said study author Dr. Tobias Kurth, an assistant
professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical
School, both in Boston.
Kurth presented his
findings Wednesday at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association
(AHA), in Chicago.