Headache

20 July 2004

Is a tendency to get headaches hereditary?

Studies have shown that a child who has one parent who frequently gets headaches or migraines, has a 50% chance of having them. Where both parents get them, the risk of the child goes up to 75%. The bottom line is that most people who suffer from migraines, have a close family member who does too.

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Studies have shown that a child who has one parent who frequently gets headaches or migraines, has a 50% chance of having them. Where both parents get them, the risk of the child goes up to 75%.

The bottom line is that most people who suffer from migraines, have a close family member who does too.

 

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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg and Durban in Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter @HeadacheClinic . Read the Headache Clinic's latest article on headaches during the holidays.

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