It has been hypothesized for quite some time that migraines may be a risk factor for atherosclerosis, the thickening of the artery walls. However, a new study conducted in northern Italy refuted this hypothesis and found a surprising result regarding VTE (venous thromboembolism).
“Migraine patients did seem to be at increased risk for VTE. Overall, 18.9% of migraineurs had VTE compared with 7.6% of non-migraineurs” explained Reuters Health.
Ultrasounds were used to track patients over a six year period. Patients with VTE have been found to also be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Migraines may be a warning factor for those at high risk of VTE and patients should monitor their health and seek medical attention if their migraine pain is a concern.