Migraine comes in two different forms: common migraine, otherwise known as migraine without aura, and classic migraine, also called migraine with aura. In the latter case, migraineurs experience a physical sensation, usually a visual aberration such as bright lights, prior to onset of an attack.
According to a pair of studies presented at the 2013 meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, there is a higher prevalence of circulatory system disturbances in those with classic migraine. Migraine headaches and blood clots are connected as well, specifically for those women who are taking birth control pills.
Women and migraines are linked more commonly than is true of the opposite sex: 18% of women experience the disease, while only 8% of men do. One of the studies found that when women are afflicted with classic migraine (or a migraine with auras), the likelihood that a stroke or heart attack will take place is significantly higher.
The study included over 27,000 subjects. It revealed new insight on women and migraines by reviewing possible indicators of increased cardiovascular risk. The health condition with the strongest connection to major circulatory incidents was high blood pressure. The second most problematic health condition was classic migraine.
The other study on women and migraines showed that migraineur women are at higher risk for blood clots if they are on birth control medication. The study looked at over 6000 women who had migraines – divided into groups for the two types of migraine – and were taking contraceptive drugs.
The study on migraine headaches and blood clots found that women who had classic migraine were more likely to get blood clots when taking any of various types of birth control. The study also compared healthy women taking birth control with those who had migraine and were on contraceptives, finding that the migraine group was at greater risk of blood clots.
Because migraine headaches and blood clots are of special concern to women taking birth control pills, special precautions should be taken. The authors of the study advised that women with migraines should speak with their physicians to determine the safest possible contraceptives so that blood clots become less likely.
Understanding migraine and how other health problems can be interrelated gives patients more control over exposure to risk factors. However, understanding alone doesn't decrease pain or lead to a migraine cure. MiRx Protocol allows for the targeting the disease from two distinct angles, medical and biomechanical, to facilitate recovery.