Migraines Linked to Hot Flashes and a Heart Disease Risk

Migraines Linked to Hot Flashes and a Heart Disease Risk

A recent study connected a hot flash and migraine history to a greater chance of heart disease. The study findings will be shown at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting 2021.

Migraine affects about 20% of women and has a high female predominance. In fact, the female to male migraine ratio of 3:1. Hormones are considered to contribute to migraine activation, which may clarify why women face more migraine symptoms than men.

Same as hot flashes seem to be a heart disease biomarker; migraines are linked to cardiovascular incidence and women’s mortality.

An earlier study looked into the link between hot flashes and migraines and discovered that having a migraine history predicted a higher hot flashes rate in women undergoing menopause change.

The recent Mayo Clinic study builds on previous studies by looking into a possible link between a migraine history and hot flashes, along with their possible connection to a greater risk of heart disease.

Over 3,300 women took part in the recent study, with 27% reporting a migraine history. On average, examinees were around 52 years old, 94.5% were white, 93% had at least some college, 84.9% had a partner, and 66.6% were postmenopausal.

Compared to women without a migraine history, the study indicated that women who had a migraine history had much harsher menopause symptoms. They were more prone to experiencing (very) intense hot flashes than those who did not have any.

Furthermore, whereas women that felt low back pain had greater menopause symptoms, they were no more prone to experiencing severe or very severe hot flashes in general, demonstrating the uniqueness of the relationship between migraines and hot flashes.

According to Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical director of the North American Menopause Society and principal author of the study, Neurovascular dysregulation could clarify the link between hot flashes and migraines and their relation to women’s cardiovascular disease.

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