J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2010 Mar;19(2):92-103.
Vascular risk factors, endothelial function, and carotid thickness in patients with migraine: relationship to atherosclerosis.
Hamed SA, Hamed EA, Ezz Eldin AM, Mahmoud NM.
Department of Neurology, Assiut University Hospital, Egypt. email@example.com
Recent studies indicated that migraine is associated with specific vascular risk profile. However, the functional and structural vascular abnormalities in migraine are rarely addressed. We evaluated the vascular risk factors, endothelial function, and carotid artery (CA)-intima-media thickness (IMT), segregators of preclinical atherosclerosis, in migraineurs. This preliminary study included 63 adults with headache (migraine with aura [n=14], migraine without aura [n=24], transformed migraine [n=6], and tension headache [n=19]) and 35 matched healthy subjects.
The following vascular risks were assessed: body mass index (BMI), systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressures (DBP), serum levels of C-reactive protein, fasting glucose, fasting insulin, total cholesterol, and triglycerides. Plasma endothelin (ET)-1, a vasoactive peptide produced by vascular smooth muscle cells and marker for endothelial injury and atherosclerosis, was measured. Endothelial-dependent vasoreactivity was assessed using brachial artery flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) in response to hyperemia. CA-IMT, structural marker of early atherosclerosis, was measured. Compared with control subjects, SBP, DBP, glucose, insulin, ET-1, and CA-IMT were elevated with migraine. FMD% was inversely correlated with SBP (P < .001), DBP (P < .01), glucose (P < .001), and insulin levels (P < .01). CA-IMT was correlated with BMI (P < .05), SBP (P < .01), total cholesterol (P < .01), triglycerides (P < .001), glucose (P < .001), insulin (P < .01), and FMD% (P < .05). In multivariate analysis, ET-1 was correlated with duration of illness, SBP, DBP, glucose, insulin, IMT, and FMD%.
We conclude that endothelial injury, impaired endothelial vasoreactivity, and increased CA-IMT occur with migraine and are associated with vascular risk factors that strongly suggest that migraine could be a risk for atherosclerosis.
BMJ. 2011 Jan 18;342:c7357. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c7357.
Headache, migraine, and structural brain lesions and function: population based Epidemiology of Vascular Ageing-MRI study.
Kurth T, Mohamed S, Maillard P, Zhu YC, Chabriat H, Mazoyer B, Bousser MG, Dufouil C, Tzourio C.
INSERM Unit 708--Neuroepidemiology, Paris, France. firstname.lastname@example.org
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of overall and specific headaches with volume of white matter hyperintensities, brain infarcts, and cognition.
DESIGN: Population based, cross sectional study.
SETTING: Epidemiology of Vascular Ageing study, Nantes, France.
PARTICIPANTS: 780 participants (mean age 69, 58.5% women) with detailed headache assessment.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Brain scans were evaluated for volume of white matter hyperintensities (by fully automated imaging processing) and for classification of infarcts (by visual reading with a standardised assessment grid). Cognitive function was assessed by a battery of tests including the mini-mental state examination.
RESULTS: 163 (20.9%) participants reported a history of severe headache and 116 had migraine, of whom 17 (14.7%) reported aura symptoms. An association was found between any history of severe headache and increasing volume of white matter hyperintensities. The adjusted odds ratio of being in the highest third for total volume of white matter hyperintensities was 2.0 (95% confidence interval 1.3 to 3.1, P for trend 0.002) for participants with any history of severe headache when compared with participants without severe headache being in the lowest third. The association pattern was similar for all headache types. Migraine with aura was the only headache type strongly associated with volume of deep white matter hyperintensities (highest third odds ratio 12.4, 1.6 to 99.4, P for trend 0.005) and with brain infarcts (3.4, 1.2 to 9.3). The location of infarcts was predominantly outside the cerebellum and brain stem. Evidence was lacking for cognitive impairment for any headache type with or without brain lesions.
CONCLUSIONS: In this population based study, any history of severe headache was associated with an increased volume of white matter hyperintensities. Migraine with aura was the only headache type associated with brain infarcts. Evidence that headache of any type by itself or in combination with brain lesions was associated with cognitive impairment was lacking.