Migraines and Heart Disease: An Early Indicator

Yuba City CA Migraines and Heart Disease: An Early Indicator

Chiropractic Yuba City CA headache blog

A top Yuba City CA Chiropractor has known for some time that migraines are a risk factor for stroke.   Current research is tagging migraines as a neuro-vascular condition, involving both the blood and nerve flow systems which may be an early indicator for other types of cardiovascular disease such as stroke and heart disease.

The risk for vascular disease is highest during the first year after migraine diagnosis, with an eight-fold increased risk for stroke and a two-fold increased risk for heart attack, venous thromboembolism, and atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. The absolute risks were small, but the associations persisted long-term and were stronger in patients with migraine aura and in women compared with men reports a 2018 Cohort study by Danish Researchers in the British Journal of Medicine.

Watch the Onset of Migraines in yuba city ca

It is important to monitor the cause and onset of migraines, most people keep a log and record what they were doing and eating before the onset of the migraine. Though headaches and migraines are complex and require an in-depth evaluation, some basic principles can help one keep track of and manage headaches. Here are some self-help tips:

  • If migraines are severe and intense after a confrontation or argument, with family or spouse, this may indicate blood pressure issues that may arise.
  • If the migraine is reduced by sitting in a quiet and dark room, then look into hormonal and/or chemical imbalances within the body.
  • If migraine onset is readily after you wake up from sleep, look into a circadian rhythm; patients have reported taking a nap after lunch and waking up at midnight to drink water have been helpful. Certain hormones peak around noon and midnight, this keeps circadian at optimal levels.
  • If onset is random, assess your water intake.
  • If migraine onset occurs at work, computer, and while completing tasks look into the muscle tension and alignment of the neck, and seek out a Chiropractor who manages headaches.

Causes of Migraines

Migraines have a complex pathophysiology, but research is revealing more and more about this neurological condition. Theories have been around for decades, but up-to-date literature suggests that migraines involve both the central and peripheral neurovascular systems.

Though it is not firmly established what and where migraines initiate, it is clear that they involve a vascular and neurological component. The neurological aspect is highly tied to the Trigeminal apparatus and the release of the chemical Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP).


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