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Do you suffer migraines accompanied by auras? That could be a bigger risk factor for heart attacks and stroke than diabetes, smoking or being obese. Plus, women who suffer aura migraines and use certain hormonal contraceptives may face higher risk of blood clots.
     These findings come from two major studies that will be presented officially at the annual American Academy of Neurology. In the meantime, this issue of our newsletter helps you take a top-line look at the findings so you can talk with your doctor about the impact your brain health could have on your cardiovascular health.
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Aura Migraines and Heart AttacksNew Studies Identify Migraines as Risk Factors

The 2013 meeting of the American Academy of Neurology will feature two new studies that link aura migraines with a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and blood clots in women. The size of the studies makes this new research of particular importance. What do these studies mean for your own health? Here is a brief summary of the findings:

Who is affected by the studies?

Women who suffer migraines with aura and women who suffer migraines with aura and also take certain hormonal contraceptives. (What is migraine with aura? Click here)

How was the research conducted?
The first study used data collected as part of the ongoing Women's Health Study involving close to 28,000 women over 15 years. The second study identified 140,000 women who had used combined hormonal contraceptives between 2001 and 2012.

What did the two studies find?
1. Cardiovascular risks. Among middle-aged and older women, having migraine with aura was associated with risk of heart attacks and strokes. Having migraines with aura proved to be more of a risk factor than having a family history of early heart disease, having diabetes, being obese or being a smoker.

2. Blood clots.
Women who suffer migraines and who use combined hormonal contraceptives were found to have a higher risk for dangerous deep vein blood clots. The risk was even higher in women who suffer migraines with aura.

What is important about the studies?

One of the researchers, neurologist and migraine specialist Noah Rosen, MD, summed up the importance by noting that "we have known that migraine with aura is associated with cardiovascular risk, [but] this study shows just how big this risk is."

What do the studies mean for you?
* Prevention: Whether you are male or female, if your migraines are accompanied by aura you need to talk with your doctor about what the findings may mean regarding your own risk factors for heart attack and stroke. In addition to treating your migraine attacks, it is important to address ways to prevent them. Remember to explore natural prevention as well as medications. Even members of the American Academy of Neurologists recognize several supplements as being effective in reducing the frequency and severity of painful episodes.

* Contraception: If you use are using or considering hormonal contraceptives, talk to your doctor about what new research means for your risk of developing dangerous blood clots.

To learn more about migraines with aura, read our guide.

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Try This January 2013 Try This:
To Defuse Pain, Confuse Your Brain!

When you feel a migraine coming on, your brain is starting to send out pain signals. If you can confuse those signals you might literally "head" off the pain. Here's one method to try: Apply an ice pack (or even a cold can of soda) first to the base of your neck and then to your temples. Alternate between temples and neck for up to 10 minutes. Many people find that the feeling of cold confuses - or overrides - the pain signals and thus helps ease the migraine.

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Resource Guide January 2013 Resource Guide:

Do you have aura migraines? Take a look at our guide,
Migraines with Auras.


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