Do migraine headaches run in families?

Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Migraines do run in families. Having a parent or other close relative with migraine increases your risk of developing migraine.
Angela Lowery
Family Medicine
Yes, migraines do generally run in families. Migraines occur more often in women than men.

Migraine headaches are hereditary. Consequently, if you have family members who have migraine headaches, your risks are higher based on hereditary factors. Migraine headaches can begin at any age; however, the headaches generally occur in people under 40 years of age and become considerably less painful after age 50.

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