Men with migraine have heart attack risk

It’s another study on the link between migraine and heart disease.  But this one is especially interesting because it’s a study of men.  Since men are statistically less likely to have migraine than women, there are less studies out there.

This particular study was presented at the 2006 meeting of the American Heart Association in Chicago.  The study indicates that men with migraine have a 24% higher risk of major cardiovascular problems – in fact, a 42% higher risk of heart attack.  The author of the study was Dr. Tobias Kurth, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA).

We still are learning about why this link exists.  Some researchers believe it may have to do with the changes in blood vessels during an attack.  But these studies continue to demonstrate that there is a link in both men and women, and that migraine is much more than a temporary discomfort.  Those with migraine need to pay attention to their heart health even more than the average person.  It would be worth mentioning to your doctor at your next checkup.

Read more about the men with migraine study.

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