Possible Connection Between Migraines and Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Events

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Migraine Research Foundation estimates 12 percent of the population suffers from migraines. Symptoms of these severe headaches may include:

  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Tingling or numbness in the extremities or face

Research into the causes and effects of migraines is ongoing and previous studies have connected migraines and an increased risk of stroke. The vascular effects of a migraine are currently unclear, but new research, published in The BMJ medical journal, may have made a connection to increased risk of cardiovascular events.

The research included a study that looked at data from 115,541 women, ranging in age from 25 to 42, enrolled in a health study. When the study conducted by scientists in Germany and the U.S. began, none of the women suffered from angina or cardiovascular illness. The researchers tracked the participants’ health from 1989 to 2011.

During the initial questionnaire, 17,531 women reported migraines. Of those, 1,329 experienced a cardiovascular event and 223 died from cardiovascular disease during the follow-up. The researchers concluded migraine occurrence should be included as a risk marker for cardiovascular disease in women.

It is important to note this is not a definitive link between migraines and cardiovascular events. Because migraine occurrence often peaks during midlife, the same time when cardiovascular risk starts increasing, the connection may be difficult to verify.

Migraines are a Part of Many Disabling Conditions

While the Social Security Administration does not consider a migraine a disabling condition, migraines are a possible symptom of many neurological diseases and brain disorders. If you can no longer work and earn an income due to a disabling condition, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Disability Help Group can help you file a claim or appeal a denial.

Contact us at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates.