Research brief: Cardiovascular risk with migraine

Women who report migraine with aura are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a 10-year US study has shown. It included 27,840 women aged 45 and over who did not have angina or CVD at baseline. The 1,434 who reported a history of migraine with aura had double the rate of major CVD, with a 91 per cent increased risk of ischaemic stroke, 71 per cent increased risk of angina and a more than doubled risk of MI and ischaemic CVD death (JAMA 2006; 296: 283-91).

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