According to new research now available online in the British Medical Journal, persons who endure migraines with aura are at greater risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.
The population based study demonstrating a link between migraines mortality along with certain mortality. This is the first largest study of this kind.
The evidence sustains advancing proof that migraine especially those with auras, is linked with death due to heart disease. However, the researchers emphasize that the sole risk for those suffering from migraines is low.
Larus Gudmundsson of the University of Iceland, evaluated the effect of mid life migraine incidents in 18,725 males and females who were born between 1907 and 1935, who had participated in the Reykiavik Study (initiated in 1967 by Icelandic Heart Association to study heart disease in Iceland). In all the research team examined over 470,000 persons, years of information consisting of a follow up of 26 years.
The researchers had used questionnaires to evaluate migraines with and without aura occurrence.
The findings surmised that men and women who endured migraines with auras had a heightened risk of death from all causes along with heart disease and stroke. Meanwhile, those who had experienced migraines without the aura occurrence were not at an additional risk.
The study also states that women who have migraines with aura do have a greater risk of death from other causes other than cardiovascular disease or cancer. Nonetheless, it still is not determined which disease is the driving force for the heightened increase witnessed in women according to researchers.
The researchers have decided that the individual risk confronted by those who suffer with migraines is low, and attempts to decrease heart disease deaths should concentrate on conventional risk factors such as high blood pressure and smoking with any type of migraine.
Researchers are asking for additional research on the link between migraine and death from cardiovascular disease and other causes. In conclusion studies are required to conclude if lessening the occurrence rate of migraine attacks with preventive treatment could decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease.
A second paper which also is published in the British American Journal, discovered that females who endure migraine with auras also are at a greater risk for haemorrhage stoke ( bleeding the brain). This accounts for about twenty percent of all strokes. On the other hand, lead researcher Dr. Tobias Kurth, Director of Research at INSERM, contends that the risks are staying low and that more research is needed to validate the findings.
Dr. Klaus Berger, University of Muenster in Germany, has written an editorial which is attached to the first study and inquires whether or not physicians should let their patients know about the risks linked to migraine with aura. Dr. Berger contends that for a lot of people would cause an unnecessary amount of anxiety, even though others may use this opportunity in order to adjust their life style and risk factors appropriately along with the fact that clinicians must cautiously evaluate the decision whether or not to discuss the risks that are linked to this condition.
Nearly everyone has a headache. However, migraines are much more than your usual headache. Migraines are an incapacitating accumulation of neurological symptoms which most of the time includes throbbing pain on one side of the head however, one third of migraine attacks affect both sides of head. The attacks can endure from four to seventy-two hours. They are usually associated with one or more of the following: visual disturbances, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to light, touch, smell, sound and tingling or numbness in extremities or in the face. Most of the time the other symptoms will display first before the headache. The symptoms can last from twenty minutes to sixty minutes which is called the aura phase.
In the United States every ten seconds someone is going to the emergency room with a headache or migraine. The visits are due to the pain, medication reactions or side effects, intense nausea or vomiting, dehydration and/ or stroke like neurological symptoms.
Migraines rank in the top twenty for medical illness. Almost one in four households have someone who suffers from migraines. Many persons today seek alternative treatments for their migraines. Below are the more frequent ones used.
Herbs have been used in medicine for centuries. Chinese and Native Americans both heavily support the use of herbs. Herbs have been known to provide strengthening in the body and provide treatment for diseases. Please keep in mind you should employ herbal use by getting advice from a professional in herbs. Herbalists are a great sources to find out which type of herbs are best suited to your needs.
Some herbs which may be recommended are Butterbur using 50 to 75 mg of the extract twice daily. A couple of studies have indicated it may actually decrease the occurrence rates along with the length of the migraine.
The effects of acupuncture on migraines have been examined for over twenty years. The studies are split on the use of acupuncture some indicate it does help while others see no effectiveness in the treatments at all. However, nearly all researchers have agreed that is a safe treatment. It can be useful for some persons. Not all persons will receive benefits for the migraine from acupuncture. In a study conducted in 2003 it did reveal indications of person who had received acupuncture when the symptoms of migraines first had come about, the effectiveness of the treatments were that equal to taking Imitrex, however, as symptoms progressed the acupuncture treatments became less effective. Once again remember that this is not in all cases. It is dependent upon the individual.
There has been several clinical trails done in which it indicates that spinal manipulation done by a qualified chiropractic does have the probability to provide relief in migraine sufferers. Indications have been reported with up to 90% reduced attacks in persons and at least half of persons receiving chiropractic treatment have stated the pain level of the migraine had decreased. Spinal manipulation is as effective as the medication Elavil and does not produce side effects. Additional research has also proven that chiropractic treatments are also as effective for preventing migraines as medications.
Studies still have no substantial evidence of the effectiveness of massage therapy and migraines. However, studies have shown that massage therapy does help those with migraines obtain a better quality of sleep along with the fact it does provide some lessening in the severity of the headache. One massage recommended is Deep tissue massage. This massage aides in improvement of circulation while it lessens the tension of muscles by the concentration of a certain areas of the body believed to provide relief of pain and stress.Sources:
Migraine Research Foundation
University of Maryland Medical Center