Advertisement

Is migraine headache an indicator of heart problems?

For most people, migraine headaches are not an indication of heart disease.  However, migraine sufferers are more likely than average to have heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Migraine sufferers should have their doctor check for early signs of heart problems.
Rarely, migraine headaches may be relieved by plugging a small hole between inner chambers of the heart, which occurs naturally in 25 percent of people. However, this technique is experimental and often not effective.   

Continue Learning about Migraine Headaches

Is Your Headache a Migraine?
Is Your Headache a Migraine?
Nearly everyone has a headache at some point—some worse than others. But if the pain is really intense, you might assume you’ve got a migraine. Well, ...
Read More
What part of the brain is overly active during a migraine?
Dawn MarcusDawn Marcus
The back part of the brain is called the occipital lobe. Occipital comes from the Latin words ob (ag...
More Answers
What are migraine equivalents?
Angela Mark, MDAngela Mark, MD
These are episodic symptoms such as vertigo, tingling, weakness, visual changes or aura, slurred spe...
More Answers
Why Is Migraine Often Misdiagnosed?
Why Is Migraine Often Misdiagnosed?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.