This new study is one of the first to show that the most common types of headache (NMH, non-migrainous headache) are an independent risk factor for stroke. This is surprising as the focus was on migraine so far.
The researchers at the University of Montpellier, France, investigated 1,919 elderly people over a period of 12 years.
Common headache sufferers (NMH, non-migrainous headache) were twice as likely to have a stroke compared to patients without any headache. 6.2% suffered from stroke.
Migraine suffers were less likely to suffer from stroke compared to patients without any headache. 6.2% suffered from stroke. 1.9% vs 3.6%.
The authors say: “This study is one of the first to suggest that late-life NMH rather than migraine could be an independent risk factor for stroke and a warning sign.”
Future research is needed to investigate the stroke risk depending on the different types of headache.
Are you suffering from headaches? You are not alone! Headache is a widespread disease and one of the most common reasons to visit a neurologist. It occurs in different types and strengths and can impair the quality of living substantially. It is possible to do something against it.