Treating Orthostatic Hypotension Improves Function In Parkinson’s Disease Patients, According To Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital Study
BOSTON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A new study analyzing patient data from Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital in Braintree, Massachusetts, found that blood pressure fluctuations can worsen symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Conversely, after treating Parkinson’s disease patients who experienced blood pressure drops when changing from a sitting to standing position, improvements were noted in cognitive function, balance and walking, according to the researchers at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital.
Information from the study will be presented today at the Movement Disorder Society’s 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Dublin, Ireland. The corresponding abstract, “Treating Orthostatic Hypotension in Patients with Parkinson’s and Atypical Parkinsonism Improves Function,” will be published as an electronic supplement to The Movement Disorders Journal online edition at www.movementdisorders.org.
“This new research sheds light for better Parkinson’s disease treatment, as blood pressure can be affected by the disease and problems often worsen over time,” said Dr. Anna DePold Hohler, Medical Director of the Movement Disorders Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital and Associate Professor of Neurology at Boston University Medical Center, who participated in the study. “The good news for Parkinson’s disease patients is that implementing simple interventions, monitored by a physician, can significantly improve functionality.”
In the United States, 1.5 million people suffer from this complex neurodegenerative disorder. For this population, blood pressure drops may occur due to a decrease in the neurotransmitter norepinepherine and as a result of medications used to treat motor symptoms.
Depending on the patient, treatment strategies might include increasing water or salt intake, use of compression stockings, and slow position changes. Specific medications may also be warranted in patients at risk for fainting.
These findings update previous work conducted at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital recently published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, 2011.
The Movement Disorders Program at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, a world-class rehabilitative care provider, allows patients to have physical, occupational and speech therapy along with medication adjustments, blood pressure adjustments, and deep brain stimulation adjustments as needed. As a result, improvements in patients are significant and a large number of individuals can be optimized to return home.
Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital is located at 250 Pond Street in Braintree, Massachusetts. For more information visit www.braintreerehabhospital.com, or call (781) 348-2500.
Lori Moretti or Meg Fitzgerald
SOURCE Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital