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 - Founder and Medical Director - The Headache Clinic, (Johannesburg, Durban, 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. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon.

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