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Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 |

Warm Weather and Migraines

Warm Weather and Migraines

With summer heat sticking around the forecast, those who notice the climb in temperatures the most may be the people who suffer from migraine headaches.

WTOP Radio reports that more patients feel worse in the summer than the winter, especially in areas, like ours, where humidity is very high.

Amir Zangiabadi, M.D., neurologist at Washington Adventist Hospital, points to research that indicates the risk of migraine rises 7.5 percent for every 9 degree jump in the temperature.

Dr. Zangibadi blames warm temperatures which can slow the function of the brain’s neurotransmitters — triggering migraines.

“I would say the neurons need perfect temperature to work properly,” Dr. Zangibadi says.

Neurologists say many things can cause migraines including stress, eating and sleeping habits and hormones. Dr. Zangibadi says he’s seen studies that identify air pollution as a potential migraine trigger.

For some relief, migraine sufferers should keep cool and stay indoors when they can. Dr. Zangibadi also suggests steering clear of soda, tea and coffee.

Washington Adventist Hospital

Washington Adventist Hospital is a 252-bed acute-care facility located in Takoma Park, Maryland. Opened in 1907, the hospital is Montgomery County’s first cardiac center, performing hundreds of open-heart surgeries and thousands of heart catheterizations each year.

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