High blood pressure may protect against migraineApril 15th, 2008 - 12:48 pm ICT by admin
London, April 15 (IANS) High blood pressure seems to reduce the chances of migraine, besides decreasing the quantum of chronic pain in other parts of the body. Researchers believe that stiff arteries associated with high BP may play a role in protecting against migraine.
They tested the blood pressure (BP) of 51,353 men and women aged over 20 in Norway, including systolic, diastolic and pulse pressure rates.
Pulse pressure is the change in blood pressure when the heart contracts. It is determined by subtracting the diastolic BP, the bottom number, from the systolic BP or the top number.
The participants also completed a survey on the presence and frequency of headaches and their use of BP medications.
People with higher systolic BP were found to be 40 percent less likely to have a headache or migraine compared to people with healthier BP rates.
“Higher pulse pressure was linked to up to a 50-percent reduction in the amount of headache and migraine for both men and women,” said study author Erling Tronvik, of Norwegian National Headache Centre.
“The finding was not as strong, however, for people who were taking BP medications, which are sometimes used to treat migraine.”
The findings have been published in Tuesday’s issue of Neurology.
- Doc's white coat can send dog's pulses racing - Sep 07, 2011
- Migraine likely to double risk of heart attacks - Feb 11, 2010
- Short and long sleep ups blood pressure in third trimester of pregnancy - Oct 02, 2010
- Device to revolutionise blood pressure measurement - Feb 21, 2011
- Migraine 'doubles heart attack risk' - Feb 11, 2010
- 'Ice cream headache' can lead to new painkillers - Apr 23, 2012
- High cholesterol, high BP in middle age linked to early memory problems - Feb 22, 2011
- Scientists identify faulty gene behind migraine - Sep 27, 2010
- Migraines do not hurt your brain - Aug 12, 2012
- Cutting down on sugary drinks helps ease BP (Lead) - May 25, 2010
- Migraine sufferers 'at higher risk of dying from heart disease' - Aug 25, 2010
- 2 glasses of orange juice a day 'can lower BP, cut heart disease risk' - Nov 23, 2010
- High fat diet damages arteries earlier than suspected - Apr 04, 2012
- Lowering BP in middle-aged women cuts heart disease risk - Jan 25, 2011
- Weight loss surgery can help alleviate migraines - Mar 29, 2011
Tags: arteries, bottom number, bp, chronic pain, diastolic bp, headaches, heart contracts, high blood pressure, london, medications, men and women, migraine, national headache, norway, participants, presence, pulse pressure, quantum, study author, systolic bp