Migraines & Cardiovascular Issues May be Linked for TMJ Patients

Migraines affect millions of Americans, most of whom are women. The cause behind these migraines can be quite elusive. Thankfully, 2016 studies are providing us with a better idea of what causes migraines. We have also learned more about the connection between cardiovascular health and migraine headaches.

The Connection between Migraines and Cardiovascular Problems

The Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry helps patients that suffer from migraines related to temporomandibular joint disorders. Treating the cause of migraines is important to help improve your quality of life. It’s also important due to the link between migraine headaches and cardiovascular problems. According to Science Daily:

Women who suffer from migraine headaches have a slightly increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life.

Researchers let by Professor Tobias Kurth, the Head of the Institute of Public Health at Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin, discovered this information. Their combined efforts have shown:

Female migraine patients have a higher risk of stroke or heart attacks than women without migraine. Their findings are based on an analysis of data collected as part of the US-based Nurses’ Health Study II, and have been published in the British Medical Journal.

Information on the Study Linking Migraines and Cardiovascular Problems

The Professional Association of German Neurologists says that around one in five women suffer from migraine headaches. The Nurses’ Health Study II included more than 115,500 women. The research team analyzed this large group of women for the study. Baseline ages of the patients were ranging from 25 and 42 years of age. These women did not show any indications of cardiovascular disease at the time. Of the 115,500 women, roughly 15% had a migraine headache diagnosis. Science Daily discussed the details of the study as follows:

Between 1989 and 2011, cardiovascular events were observed in 1,329 of these women; 223 died as a result. “Our analysis suggests that migraine should be considered an important risk marker for cardiovascular disease, particularly in women,” concludes Prof. Kurth, adding that: “The risk of developing cardiovascular events was shown to be 50% higher in women with a diagnosis of migraine. When compared to women unaffected by the condition, the risk of developing a heart attack was 29% higher for the women with migraine, the risk of having a stroke 62% higher, and that of developing angina, 73% higher.”

While the study did include high numbers of vascular risk factors, it did not include individual biomarkers. It also lacked specifics on the migraine headaches suffered by each individual. This shows us that we need more research to further study the connection. Additional studies will help scientists learn about the underlying causes linking migraine headaches and cardiovascular problems. More research will also help define which treatments will be the most helpful. Additional studies are also needed to look for a link between migraines and cardiovascular problems for men.

TMJ as a Cause for Migraine Headaches

Temporomandibular joint disorders, also known as TMJ, are a known cause of migraine headaches. Thankfully, therapy treatments for TMJ exist to help those who suffer from migraines. Treatment begins with the correction of improper alignment caused by TMJ. The irritation caused by a misaligned jaw can lead to a variety of symptoms including facial pain, neck stiffness, earaches, jaw tenderness, and migraines.

Dentists such as those at the Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry are using state of the art dental techniques to treat TMJ. Through careful diagnosis your misalignment is corrected to reduce and even eliminate pain and migraines associated with TMJ.

If your migraines include symptoms such as pain around your eyes, sinus issues, ringing in the ears, earaches, jaw pain, neck stiffness or stiffness in your shoulders or back, fingertip numbness, vertigo, or teeth grinding or clenching then speak with a dental specialist. You’ll soon say goodbye to over the counter treatments that don’t really work.

No one should have to live with the main associated with TMJ and the corresponding migraines. This pain can often be debilitating and negatively impact your life in a huge way. Don’t delay treatment and cause yourself more suffering than necessary. Few dentists have the training necessary to effectively treat TMJ. Rather than treating the symptoms, your dentist should treat the source of the problem.

What is Headache Therapy?

The expert staff at the Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help rehabilitate the muscles and the nerves that may the cause of your TMJ. Treatment is painless and requires no needles or medications.

Thousands of people suffer from migraines every year without any true relief. If your healthcare provider is unable to determine the cause of your migraine headaches then consider speaking with a dentist who specializes in TMJ. We have helped many people take control of their lives and put an end to their suffering.

Call the Bethesda Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at (301) 530-3600 for more information on treating TMJ that may be causing your migraines.

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