A new study shows a strong association between women who suffer from migraines and who have severe hot flashes during menopause. The combination can also increase your risk of heart disease.
The study also found that migraines no longer cause hot flashes or worse, or vice versa. Instead, it is believed that both are related to something called neuromuscular dysregulation.
Neuromuscular dysregulation changes the blood vessels that alter the blood supply. It is a hallmark of heart disease when it affects the blood supply to the heart. It can affect migraines and hot flashes by interfering with the flow of blood to the head and throughout the body.
These changes can be the common denominator between severe menopausal symptoms, migraines, and cardiovascular disease.
The study looked at more than 3,000 women, with an average age of 53 years. 27 percent had a history of migraines.
The aim of the study was to identify women at risk in order to find treatment and prevention strategies, while also suggesting that these symptoms should be considered as risk factors for heart disease and treated accordingly.
The various treatments for heart disease prevention include lifestyle, such as diet and exercise, and medical.
Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, can help women with severe menopausal symptoms. Your doctor is worth talking to if severe hot flashes and migraines are affecting your life.
Some experts suggest other ways to manage symptoms, including loose fitting clothing, adequate hydration, easily removable clothing, or even carrying a small fan. However, these suggestions serve more as a patch and are unlikely to help people with severe symptoms.
Migraine headaches also have no real treatments. Once you spot certain triggers, you can try to control exposure. Otherwise, management is inherently more reactive.
Talk to a doctor about what is best for your particular experience.