Hypertension Linked to Fewer Migraines

High blood pressure may interfere with pain signals
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 11:37 AM CDT
A patient gets his blood pressure checked by by a nurse. A new study says patients with high blood pressure experience 40% fewer migraines.   (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
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(Newser) – Beta blockers and other medications that lower blood pressure are routinely prescribed for migraines, but now a new study has discovered that people with high blood pressure had 40% fewer headaches. "This is a paradox," the lead researcher told WebMD. One possibility is that high blood pressure interferes with the pain mechanism.

"People should not take this as a reason to abandon their hypertension medications," said a spokesman for the American Heart  Association. "High blood pressure is a huge problem in this country."