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TAKE 5 MINUTES to get to know parkinson's and discover the next steps in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease symptoms

LEARN MORE ABOUT PARKINSON’S AND DEVICE THERAPIES

Incidence: over 6M people1 affected worldwide in 2015

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This number will double by 20401

About 1/10 people with Parkinson's are under 50 years old1

Parkinson's disease symptoms and progression1,3

Primary symptoms of Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease patient symptoms infographic indicating symptoms include tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; slowness of movement; rigidity or stiffness of the limbs or trunk; and impaired balance or coordination

want to know more facts about Parkinson's?1,3

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Men are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from Parkinson's disease

   men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson's than women4

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DISCUSS DBS AS AN OPTION WITH YOUR DOCTOR

Treatment typically starts with medication. Medications may help to reduce movement symptoms by increasing dopamine in the brain or mimicking its effects. The doctor will find the medication or combination which provides the most benefit with the fewest side effects.
 
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for approximately 5 years5 and your current medication is not working, now is the time to take 5 minutes to discuss your therapy options with your doctor.
 
Other treatments for movement disorders require a surgical procedure. The options range from Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), an Intestinal pump, Pallidotomy and Thalamotomy and also the non surgical Focus Guides Ultrasound. It is important to discuss the best options that will manage your movement symptoms.
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when to consider DBS therapy for Parkinson's

Infographic showing the window of opportunity for DBS therapy in Parkinson's disease

 

DBS is a surgery that may help provide patients with relief from many Parkinson's disease symptoms through electrical stimulation.6

FIND A PHYSICIAN
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   DISCUSS THE requirements for  DBS eligibility with the Doctor1,7

1. Been diagnosed with Parkinson's for at least 5 years5

2. Movement symptoms not adequately controlled with current medication

3. Currently respond to Levodopa medication

4. Have had movement symptoms for a minimum of 4 months

5. Side effects experienced with current medication

Learn more about getting DBS therapy

DBS therapy works like a pacemaker for the heart. The treatment sends electrical pulses into an area of the brain that controls movement. These pulses disrupt some of the brain’s messages that cause the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

The therapy works 24 hours a day with minimal maintenance or effort.8

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   5 things to expect from DBS surgery

 

1. The specialist will evaluate if DBS is suitable

2. An MRI or CT scan will be performed to capture images of the brain

3. A physician will implant thin wires in the brain and a small device under the skin of the chest

4. The specialist will turn it on and adjust to manage the symptoms

5. It is expected that everyday life will continue while attending checkups with your specialists

1

European Parkinson’s Disease Association. What Is Parkinson’s? https://www.epda.eu.com/about-parkinsons/what-is-parkinsons/. Accessed 14 Dec. 2020.

2

Lang AE, Lozano AM. Parkinson’s disease. N Engl J Med. 1998;339(15):1044–1053. First of two parts.

3

European Parkinson’s Disease Association. Motor Symptoms. https://www.epda.eu.com/about-parkinsons/symptoms/motor-symptoms/. Accessed 14 dec. 2020.

4

Are men at greater risk for Parkinson’s disease than women?, Wooten G., J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2004;75:637–639

5

Parkinson’s UK. “Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s.” Accessed 10 Dec. 2020. https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-02/B123_DBS_FINAL_WEB.pdf

6

Medtronic Supplemental Analysis, Supplement to EPDA website update re patient barriers and claims- v17- Sept-2015

7

OkunMS, Foote KD. Parkinson’s disease DBS: what, when, who and why? The time has come to tailor DBS targets. Expert Rev Neurother. 2010 December ; 10(12): 1847–1857.

8

“Deep Brain Stimulation – Advantages, Risks and Conditions Treated.” Accessed 14 Dec. 2020. https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Deep-Brain-Stimulation#:~:text=Stimulation%20settings%20can%20be%20modified,therapy%2C%20when%20they%20become%20available.

Brief statement

Information contained herein does not replace the recommendations of your healthcare professional. For further information, contact your healthcare professional.