Migraine and hypertension in post-menopausal women


  • Post-menopausal women with migraine are at increased risk of hypertension compared to post-menopausal women without migraine; the risk is particularly high in women with migraine with aura.

Why this matters

  • Migraine is associated with an increased risk of hypertension; in women menopause reduces risk of migraine however, estrogen levels which usually have a protective effect against hypertension also reduce.

  • A better understanding of the association between migraine and hypertension in post-menopausal women could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in this population.