“Stiffer, smaller vessels are not as capable of accommodating blood flow, resulting in pressure increase. It is also possible that associations could be due to genetics.
“Since previous research shows migraine increases the likelihood of cardiovascular events, identification of additional risk factors such as the higher likelihood of blood pressure among people with migraine could aid in individualised treatment or prevention.”
Previous studies have also found that oestrogen could help maintain lower levels of blood pressure by allowing the blood vessels to widen so blood can flow through more easily.
According to Blood Pressure UK (BPUK), 26 percent of women in England have high blood pressure compared with 31 percent of men.