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Research Article

Migraine, headache, and survival in women.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 12 November 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:1442
  1. W E Waters,
  2. M J Campbell,
  3. P C Elwood


    A population study of 1310 women aged 45-64 years determined the prevalence of headache and migraine in the preceding year. To investigate the hypothesis that women with migraine had a higher mortality rate, these women were followed up nearly 12 years later. Unexpectedly, the mortality was found to be higher in women without headaches. Women with headaches and migraine had a relative risk of dying of 0.72 (95% confidence interval 0.52-1.00) compared with those without headaches.