Damn, I only have so many brain cells to store all this info. This gets personal since my Dad has Parkinsons with dementia. I've already made a pact with a friend that if we start showing signs of dementia we tell each other about it so we can do something before we get too far gone.
To see if an association exists between stroke and Parkinson’s disease, Benjamin R. Kummer, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, and colleagues studied medical claims information from 2008 to 2014 in a sample of Medicare beneficiaries aged 66 years and older.
In separate analyses, they also studied the relationship between stroke and Alzheimer’s disease for comparison.
In their analysis of 1.6 million patients, researchers found the annual incidence of ischaemic stroke to be 1.75% among those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease compared with 0.96% in those without Parkinson’s disease.
In contrast, the annual incidence of ischaemic stroke was 1.96% among those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease compared with 0.96% in those without Alzheimer’s disease.
The annual incidence of Parkinson’s disease was 0.97% after ischaemic stroke versus 0.39% in those without ischemic stroke.
In contrast, the annual incidence of Alzheimer’s was 3.66% among elderly adults diagnosed with stroke versus 1.17% in those without ischaemic stroke.
Among Medicare beneficiaries, the relationships between stroke and Parkinson’s disease were similar to those between stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
SOURCE: American Heart Association