Question: My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's three years ago. Can this disease have harmful effects that damage your heart? Xurxo (Santiago de Compostela).
Answer: Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease. Its effects on the cardiovascular system are secondary to the deterioration of the nervous system. One of the most common manifestations is dysautonomia, which causes dizziness, orthostatic hypotension and syncope. Direct heart problems are determined by the side effects of a type of medication that classically impaired the valves (pergolide and cabergoline).