Read more about the study on Parkinson’s and blood vessel function.
Is there a link between Parkinson’s disease and blood vessel dysfunction?
Author: Sarah McGrathPublished: 22 September 2022
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Scientists in Slovakia have investigated the link between blood vessel dysfunction and Parkinson’s – and found that dopamine agonists may have an impact.
The team studied the function of the endothelium – a membrane which lines the heart and blood vessels and helps control blood fluidity – in 41 people with the condition and 41 people without. Endothelial function was then measured through a parameter that assessed how easily blood could flow through the vessels.
The results showed that while more people with Parkinson’s had endothelial dysfunction compared to those without, the difference did not reach statistical significance. However, the researchers noted that the findings suggested “an association between smoking, dopamine agonists, and impaired endothelial function” in those with the condition.
Outlining the study’s limitations, the team noted that more research is needed to explore this potential link.
For more information on the latest Parkinson’s research, please visit the Parkinson’s Europe website.
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