New Clues on Menopause, Migraines & Heart Risks: Relief for Most, Early Signs Matter

The anxiety and dread that women with migraines and menopausal symptoms feel about cardiovascular risk is real – but these findings suggest that focusing on prevention, and correcting unhealthy habits and risk factors, could help most women," said study leader Catherine Kim.

  • Most middle-aged women with migraines or menopausal symptoms face minimal heart risks.
  • Early and persistent hot flashes and night sweats combined with migraines may indicate higher future risk.
  • Lifestyle changes like healthy sleep, exercise, diet, and managing weight are key to prevention.

Women experiencing both migraines and hot flashes during menopause may have a slightly higher risk of heart problems later. However, the good news is that for most women, the risk remains low. A recent study analyzing data from over 1,900 women found that those with early and persistent hot flashes combined with migraines had a slightly higher chance of stroke, heart attack, or other cardiovascular events.

The positive takeaway? Most women with migraines or menopausal symptoms face minimal heart risks. The emphasis, according to the study leader, is on preventative measures like healthy sleep, exercise, diet, and managing weight. While early and persistent hot flashes with migraines warrant closer monitoring, the study highlights that most women can significantly reduce their risk through healthy lifestyle choices.

Remember, consulting your healthcare professional for personalized advice is always crucial. They can help you navigate your individual risk factors and create a plan to prioritize your health throughout menopause and beyond.