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"How Heart Health Factors May Affect Your Parkinson's Risk" - Robert Preidt

  • Health Day
  • New York, NY
  • (August 30, 2019)

People who have reduced blood flow in their brain due to medical conditions and lifestyle habits may be vulnerable to Parkinson's disease, new research suggests. Those brain blood flow risk factors -- which also affect heart health -- include prior stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart failure, sleep apnea, diabetes and smoking. “While the study found an association between cerebrovascular risk factors and Parkinson's disease, it did not find that those risk factors actually cause Parkinson's,” said lead author Benjamin Kummer, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

— Benjamin R. Kummer, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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