Migraines A Potential Risk Factor For Stroke Among Women

Senior African American woman with headacheDespite much exploration, the relationship between migraine and stroke is still unfolding, researchers say.

According to the CDC, migraines or severe headaches, characterized by painful, disabling, and recurring symptoms affect more than 37 million people in the U.S. alone. Other studies suggest that 13 percent of adults have migraines, with 2-3 million migraine suffers experiencing chronic symptoms.

To put it into perspective, about 5 million persons across the nation face at least one migraine attack per month, with more than 11 million blaming symptoms for the onset of moderate to severe disability, reports migraine.com.

Among those sufferers, people between the ages of 35 and 55, in addition to low income groups make up the majority.

As for those at most risk, per a recent study spearheaded by researcher Dr. Tobias Kurth, director of the Institute of Public Health at Charite-Universitatsmedizin in Berlin, Germany, “Migraine should be considered a marker for increased risk of cardiovascular disease, at least in women.”

So what are the most common symptoms reported by sufferers?

  • Throbbing, pulsating pain
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Vision changes, blurred vision
  • Vomiting

How are these symptoms linked to a potential risk for stroke?…