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Are Your Migraines Warning Signs? The Connection to Other Diseases

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Are Your Migraines Warning Signs? The Connection to Other Diseases

Migraines are an incredibly common health condition, with over 40 million patients afflicted by the disorder in the United States. One out of every four migraineurs considers their migraines to be seriously disabling, according to statistics from Migraine.com. Additionally, women are three times more likely to experience migraines then men are.

While migraines and strokes or other circulatory issues may seem to be disparate health challenges, new evidence reveals that those who suffer particular types of migraines tend to have severe blood flow issues. The Migraine Trust reports that women with classic migraine– also called "migraine with aura" – seem to be particularly at risk.

The two studies, both introduced at an American Academy of Neurology event in 2013, indicate that women diagnosed with classic migraine are more likely to experience both strokes and heart attacks.

Study one: migraines and heart disease

One of the studies discovered a correlation between classic migraine and circulatory problems, specifically life-threatening occurrences: strokes and heart attacks. The connection between migraines and strokes – and heart attacks as well – is, unfortunately, undeniable. Migraine with aura is the particular form of migraine with a high risk factor for severe cardiovascular issues. High blood pressure was the only health condition identified as contributing more strongly to either of the potentially fatal cardiovascular events.

Study two: contraception, migraines and heart disease

The other study focused on a circulatory problem from which heart attacks and strokes can arise: blood clots. It specifically focused on the connection between blood clots and birth control medications. The correlation between classic migraines and heart disease was again found to be significant.

The study determined that women who were taking hormonal contraceptives, of any kind, were at greater risk of blood clots if they had classic migraine than if they had common migraine (also called "migraine without aura"). The findings also suggested that the women with classic migraine who were using birth control medications had a greater risk of blood clots than women on contraception who did not have migraine.

Migraines and strokes: how to stay healthy

Although women who have migraines with aura are more likely to experience cardiovascular issues, problems can often be avoided. Simple and effective habits such as proper nutrition and exercise can help maintain a strong circulatory system.
Seeking medical guidance that targets the underlying causes of migraine is a powerful preventative tactic as well. The MiRx™ Protocol utilizes a twofold system to subdue migraine symptoms (medical therapy) and alleviate root causes (biomechanical therapy).

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