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Migraine linked to increased stroke risk in women

Presentation: 319 - Session: LF.HB.03

American Heart Association

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 15, 2016 -- Women who have migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, according to a preliminary study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016.

Researchers studied 917 women who were being evaluated for heart disease and found those that had a history of migraines (224 or nearly 25 percent) were at higher risk of a future cardiovascular event - notably stroke.

They also found:

  • Compared to those who did not report a history of migraines, women with a history of the headaches had an 83 percent higher risk of a cardiovascular event, including stroke or heart attack, during an average six-year follow-up.
  • Women with history of migraine were 2.33 times more likely to suffer a stroke during the study than women who didn't report migraines.

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Cecil A. Rambarat, M.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. (Actual presentation time for T2125 is 1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.)

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