Migraine doubles VTE risk

Migraine more than doubles the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a study carried out in Italy.

Researchers assessed cardiovascular risk factors in 574 adults aged 55-94, including 111 patients with a history of migraine.

They found no evidence of increased atherosclerosis in the migraine sufferers, despite previous studies that suggested they would develop it sooner.

However, the lifetime risk of VTE in those who suffered from migraine with or without aura was 19 per cent, compared with 8 per cent in those who did not have a history of migraine.

The researchers suggest that patients with a history of migraine may be more prone to coagulation disorders than those without migraine.

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