Migraine Linked to Higher Risk of Dying

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Aug. 26 (UPI) — People with migraines with aura — temporary visual or sensory disturbances — have an increased risk of heart disease or stroke, researchers in Iceland say.

Larus Gudmundsson of the University of Iceland and colleagues assessed the impact of mid-life migraine episodes in 18,725 men and women born from 1907 to 1935, part of the Reykjavik Study begun in 1967 to study heart disease in Iceland.


Gudmundsson and colleagues used questionnaires to assess migraine with and without aura.

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, finds men and women who suffered from migraine with aura were at an increased risk of dying from all causes, including heart disease and stroke, while those with migraine without aura were not at increased risk.

In addition, women who experience migraine with aura are at higher risk of dying from causes other than cardiovascular disease or cancer.

“However, it remains to be seen which diseases drive the risk increase seen for women with migraine,” the researchers say in a statement.

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