Homehttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/Healthhttps://server7.kproxy.com/servlet/redirect.srv/sruj/smyrwpoii/p2/Developing severe migraines in middle age is a major warning sign of stroke risk, experts warn
Developing severe migraines in middle age is a major warning sign of stroke risk, experts warn
Middle-aged migraine sufferers who see flashing lights and blind spots during attack are more likely to have a stroke
Over-50s who start having a migraine have a doubled stroke risk
But people who start having migraines when younger do not have higher risk
A study by the University of South Carolina tracked 11,600 people for 20 years
By Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail
, 24 January 2019 | Updated: 1
2:59 GMT, 24 January 2019
Developing severe migraines in middle age is a major warning sign of stroke risk, experts have warned.
Over-50s who start suffering 'aura' migraines – a common type involving distorted vision and flashing lights – have double the risk of suffering a stroke in the next 20 years, a study concluded
Those who suffer from migraines from a younger age were no increased risk, the researchers found
Experts led by the University of South Carolina tracked 11,600 people for two decades.
They found those who had developed migraines after the age of 50 and 8.3 per cent of suffering from stroke – 19379 The risk of those who did not suffer from migraines. 11,600 people over two decades to discover those who started having migraines in their 50s had a stroke risk 2.17 times higher than people who had them at a younger age (stock image) ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />
University of South Carolina experts analyzed medical information from 11,600 people over two decades to discover those who started having migraines in their 50s or older had a stroke risk 2.17 times higher than people who had them at a younger age (st ock image)
Those who suffered from migraines without aura had increased risk, irrespective of the age of onset
Study leader Dr. Xiao Michelle Androulakis, chief of neurology at WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in South Carolina, said: I think clinically this is very meaningful, as many individuals with a long history of migraine are concerned about their stroke risk, especially when they get older and when they have other cardiovascular disease risks.
Cumulative effects of migraine alone – with onset of migraine before age of 50 – did not increase stroke risk in late life in this study cohort.
'On the contrary, the recent onset of migraine at or after age 50 is associated with increased stroke risk in late life.' 19659009] Her team, writing in the headache medical journal, said: 'To our knowledge, it is the first, large prospective study evaluating the relationship between years of exposure to migraine and ischemic stroke.'
WHAT HELPS TO PREVENT MIGRAINES?
Being open to new experiences reduces people's risk of migraines, research suggested in June 2017.
A preference for variation over routine prevents crippling headaches among depression sufferers, a study found. – a personality trait associated with nervousness and irritability – increases migraine's risk, the research adds.
Study author Dr Máté Magyar from Semmelweis University in Budapest, said: "An open character appears to offer protection from [migraine].
'Our study results could help to provide a better understanding of the biopsychosocial background of migraine, and help to find novel strategies in the prevention of and interventions for [migraine].'
The researchers analyzed the relationship between personality traits, depression and migraines in more than 3,000 sufferers of the mental health condition.
The participants were ranked according to their openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.
Around eight million Britons – three quarters of them women – suffer migraine attacks, which involve dizziness, nausea and crippling pain. Figures suggest there are 38 million sufferers in the US
Up to third suffer from aura migraines.
Previous research has linked migraines to strokes, but few studies have so far detailed which groups are at risk. believe migraines occur for different reasons at different stages of life.
They believe it may be that migraines which start middle age caused by the same underlying biological problems that cause all 'endovascular' issues – those that effect the inside of the blood vessels
While the majority of people who have migraines will never suffer a stroke, doctors think that it should start to be treated as a red flag – especially if the headaches are regular and severe.
Experts in the It has been called for people who suffer the most severe migraines automatically to the given cholesterol-reducing statins, just as a precaution to reduce their heart risk. s an artery or there is major bleed in the head, reducing blood flow to the brain. Roughly 57,000 people in England have a stroke each year, or of which 32,000 are killed.
Of those who survive, 65 per cent leave hospital with a disability. Some 25 per cent of survivors have a second stroke within five years.
Dr. David Kernick, a GP at the St. Thomas Health Center in Exeter, wrote in the British Journal of General Practice in 2015 that anyone who suffers in 'aura' migraine – which involves flashing lights or confusing thoughts – should be considered for statins.
He said a 'pragmatic approach' should be taken to calculate the risk of heart disease or stroke in these patients.