Migraine stopped her heart beating & # 39 ;: Mother-of-one, 32, dies after waking up with crippling & # 39; headache before collapsing during cardiac arrest
- Nurse Laura Burns lost consciousness shortly after waking up on Sunday morning
- Went in a cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she died on Monday
- Her family now collects money for a department in the hospital where she worked
Rory Tingle for Mailonline
Laura Burns, 32, who had suffered from the problem all her life, lost consciousness shortly after waking up on Sunday morning before having a heart attack. Pic not dated
A mother-of-one died after waking up with a crippling migraine that, according to her family, made her heart beat & # 39 ;.
Laura Burns, 32, who had suffered from headaches all her life, lost consciousness shortly after waking up on Sunday morning before having a heart attack.
Mrs. Burns could not be resuscitated in her home in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, so she was transferred to the Antrim Area Hospital, where she worked as a nurse and offered life support.
Her brother, Andrew Brooker, told Belfast Live: "In the early hours of Sunday, Laura was at home in bed with Lorcan when she was suffering from a migraine, something she had lived with since she was a teenager, but this time it unfortunately for her that she passed and her heart to stop beating.
"Despite the best efforts of her father and four paramedics, Laura could not be revived and suffered catastrophic brain damage."
This was turned off on Monday.
Mrs Burns also leaves her son Lorcan and her husband Keelan behind.
The family has launched a collection campaign for the Antrim intensive care unit and the Buddy Bear Trust, which helps people with cerebral palsy. Lorcan was diagnosed with the condition shortly after birth.
Brooker added: "Through our broken hearts we ask friends and family to donate here in her memory to support the Buddy Bear Trust that has helped and supported Laura, Keelan and Lorcan. & # 39;
Ms. Burns's funeral service will take place on December 14th. You can donate money to fundraising here.
Mrs Burns, who worked in the Antrim Areas Hospital, leaves behind her son, Lorcan, and her husband, Keelan. This photo is not dated
The nurse with her husband at their wedding (left) and with Lorcan. Both photos are not dated
Can migraine cause heart problems?
The connection between migraine and heart problems is complicated.
It is by no means proven that having a migraine can immediately lead to cardiac arrest, but experts say that the condition can indicate an underlying health problem.
Research in which both those diagnosed with the headache disorder and those who did not report symptoms had a strong link with cardiovascular problems.
This included heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heartbeats, according to the study in The BMJ (British Medical Journal).
It turned out that the migraine cohort was more likely to contract a heart attack than those who did not report serious headache complaints – by 25 per 1,000 compared with 17 per 1,000.