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Migraine and Non-Migraine headache show no association with all-cause mortality in women


Key clinical points: Migraine and non-migraine headache show no association with all-cause mortality; however, the risk of cardiovascular mortality is higher in women experiencing from migraine with aura.

Major finding: All-cause mortality did not differ among individuals experiencing any migraine (hazard ratio [HR], 0.96; 95% confidence interval, 0.89-1.04) or non-migraine headache (HR, 1.01; 95% confidence interval, 0.93-1.10). Women experiencing migraine with aura had a higher risk of cardiovascular mortality vs. those with no history of migraine or headache (HR, 1.64; 95% confidence interval, 1.06-2.54).

Study details: The data come from an analysis of 27,844 Women’s Health Study participants, (aged ≥ 45 years) who were followed up for a median of 22.7 years.

Disclosures: Tobias Kurth reported receiving honoraria from Novartis and Daiichi-Sankyo for lectures on neuroepidemiology and research methods, from Lilly, Newsenselab, and Total for providing methodological advice, and from The BMJ for editorial services. The Women’s Health Study was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.

Citation: Rohmann JL et al. J Headache Pain. 2020 Mar 17. doi: 10.1186/s10194-020-01091-9.

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