Researchers note link between migraines and heart disease

by May 25, 2016

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Migraine sufferers in Knoxville know that a migraine attack can be extremely crippling, causing them to be unable to do anything by lie in a dark quiet room and wait for the attack to pass, which in severe cases could take days. However, new research reveals that there may be a link between another debilitating illness — heart disease — and severe headaches, such as migraines.

A study examined the relationship between migraines specifically and the risk that an individual could also suffer a heart attack. According to the study, women who have migraine headaches each month after seeing an aura are two times as likely to later suffer from heart disease. Interestingly enough, participants with migraine headaches that did not see auras did not see an increase in potentially suffering from heart disease.


If an individual currently has heart disease, care must be taken when treating a migraine. Some migraine treatments could cause blood vessels to constrict, and should not be used with those who have heart disease. That being said, it is not clear whether the safe treatment of migraines can lower an individual’s risk of someday suffering from heart disease.


Those who suffer from either heart disease, migraines or both can understand how debilitating nature of these types of illnesses. In fact, they very often can keep a person away from work for an extended period of time.

In the worst of circumstances, they can keep a person from being able to work, period. When this happens, individuals may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. If they qualify and are approved, these benefits can be the financial safety net they need to get by while they are unable to work.

Source: NewsMax, “Headaches and Heart Disease: A Hidden Link?,” Brande Plotnick, July 25, 2016