Suffer from Migraines?

  • Posted on: Jun 21 2016
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Migraines are more common in women than men – and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Migraines—searing headaches that feel like a hammer to the inside of the skull—can strike anyone, but they predominantly affect women, who are up to four times more likely than men to get them. What causes them, and why they impact women more, remains unclear, but a pair of new studies adds urgency to the need to find better methods of treatment.

One new study published Tuesday in the journal The BMJ found that women who get migraines are also more likely to develop heart conditions like heart attacks and strokes, and are also slightly more likely to die from them compared to women who do not regularly get migraines. Learn More:


Common Triggers

Common migraine “triggers” that can cause a susceptible person to have a migraine attack (including ophthalmic or ocular migraines) include certain foods, such as aged cheeses, caffeinated drinks, red wine, smoked meats, and chocolate.

Food additives, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), and artificial sweeteners also can trigger migraines in some individuals.

Other potential migraine triggers include cigarette smoke, perfumes and other strong odors, glaring or flickering lights, lack of sleep and emotional stress.

Your doctor can advise you of the latest medicines for treating migraines, including medicines designed to prevent future attacks. People who experience migraines that last longer than 24 hours or who have more than two migraines per month generally are good candidates for preventive medical treatment.

Migraines can also be caused by clenching/grinding or malocclusion. Therefore, if migraines are a constant Clarendon Dental Arts should be part of your diagnosis team.

Keep a Journal. It’s also a good idea to keep a journal of your diet and activities just prior to episodes to see if you can identify possible migraine triggers that you can avoid in the future.

Stress Related Migraines?

If your migraine headaches appear to be stress-related, you might be able to reduce the frequency of your migraine attacks without medicine by simply:

  • Eating healthful meals on a regular basis
  • Avoiding common migraine triggers
  • Getting plenty of sleep

Trying stress-busters such as yoga and massage.

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