Zeenews Bureau Washington: Migraine headaches accompanied by flashes of light or other visual disturbances, called aura, could be an indicator of increased heart attack risk among women, a new study has found. The study involved 27,860 women, aged 45 and above, out of which 1,400 suffered from migraine with aura. None of them had cardiovascular disease at the beginning of the study. During the 15-year study period, there were 1,030 cases of heart attack, stroke or death from a cardiovascular event. "After high blood pressure, migraine with aura was the second strongest single contributor to risk of heart attacks and strokes— ahead of Type 2 diabetes, smoking and obesity," said study researcher Dr. Tobias Kurth, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux.
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