Have you heard some people say they have migraines with aura? The aura describes a loss of vision, flashes, or spots of light that show up right before the migraine.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that aura may put women at increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared to women with migraines who don't experience the aura.
"Women with migraine with aura were twice as likely to experience cardiovascular disease overall, and specific cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, stroke, chest pain or to die from cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Tobias Kurth, of the Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Dr. Kurth is involved in a ten-year study of more than twenty-seven thousand women. He says the good news is they found that most women with migraines do not have aura. Overall, the study suggests that cardiologists should pay more attention to a patients migraine history since it may provide some clues although smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol continue to be the leading risk factors of heart disease.