More evidence links migraines to heart, stroke risk

February 11, 2010 1:57:38 PM PST
There is more evidence that people who suffer migraines have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

Researchers have found that migraine patients were more likely to say they had a heart attack, stroke or symptoms of peripheral artery disease. That's a narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the legs.

Exactly why migraine is connected to cardiovascular disease remains unclear. One possibility is that some people have an underlying susceptibility to both migraines and cardiovascular disease.

Previous studies have also uncovered higher risk of heart problems and stroke among adults with migraine.