A cohort of 4,687 men and women born between 1907 and 1935 were assessed in 1967 and again between 2002 and 2006. At the second assessment MRIs scans of their brains were performed.
The 361 women who reported suffering from migraine with aura at the first assessment were more likely to have brain lesions at the second assessment, as revealed by the MRI scan.
The prevalence of infarct-like lesions in the cerebellum was 23 per cent in those reporting migraine with aura compared with 14.5 per cent in those who did not report headaches.
The researchers suggest that migraine with aura in midlife could predict vascular disease in the cerebellum of women in later life.
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