Research over the last few years has found that migraine sufferers are approximately 50% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and also face increased risks of stroke as a result of migraine headaches. The risk factors include: diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Results showed that migraine sufferers were twice as likely to have a heart attack. The research suggests that migraines weaken the inner layer of blood vessels inside, as well as, outside the brain. According to the study, which was published in the February 2010 issue of Neurology, those with migraines should start preparing for these cardiovascular disease risks at an early age1.
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