A recent study from the BMJ journal concluded that women who suffer from migraine headaches are more likely to develop serious health conditions affecting the heart, including stroke and heart attack. It’s an alarming finding, particularly as the study involved thousands of women followed over more than two decades.
The study, which was based on data collected through the Nurses’ Health Study II, reinforces health experts’ desire to learn more about migraine headaches. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about migraines, particularly as they affect women. To help clear this up, let’s take a look at important facts to know about migraine headaches…
1. Someone You Know Suffers from Migraines
Chances are you’ve heard someone say they suffer from migraine headaches. But the number of people close to you who regularly deal with this condition is probably higher than you think.
In fact, the Migraine Research Foundation believes that migraine headaches represent the third-most prevalent illness in the world. In the United States, one-quarter of all households includes a person struggling with migraines. Globally, it’s estimated that more than one in 10 people have migraine headaches on a regular basis.