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  • Monitoring Nerve Damage in the Hearts of Patients with Parkinson’s

    Posted by Forum Moderator on July 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Virtually all Parkinson’s patients experience, to some extent, a loss of the nerve cells controlling the heart, specifically those involved in the sympathetic nervous system that regulates the heartbeat in response to changes in physical activity and blood pressure.

    This degeneration is independent of motor symptoms and can lead to fatigue, exercise difficulties (poor cardiac response), and dizziness and fainting, putting patients at a greater risk of falls and injury. A recent study reports that cardiovascular damage in Parkinson’s patients, due to nerve cell loss in the heart, can be captured by imaging stress and inflammation molecules — a process that may help to determine the mechanisms behind such damage and ways of treating neurodegeneration in the heart.

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    Are you experiencing symptoms related to the degeneration of nerve cells in your heart? How are you and your healthcare team monitoring this?

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