Do migraine headaches run in families?

Migraine FAQs: Do migraine headaches run in families?

Often when a person has migraines, another person in their family also suffers from migraines. Therefore most migraine doctors and researchers agree that susceptibility to migraines tend to run in families.

More than 70 percent of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine. If one parent is a migraine sufferer there is a 40 percent chance their children will have migraines. If both parents are migraine sufferers, there is a 90 percent chance their children will have migraines.

There are different types of migraines. In only one kind of migraine, the familial hemiplegic migraine, has the family link been clearly shown.