Swimmers having Parkinson’s are warned of deep brain stimulation

Swimmers having Parkinson’s are warned of deep brain stimulation

An experienced swimmer leaped into a deep water lake near his home and was horrified to find that he was unable to swim. His wife came in time and rescued him, or he would have drowned. He had lost the ability to coordinate his arms and legs while swimming got knocked. This is because of his recent electronic brain implant to control tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. He was one of the nine swimmers who were experts in swimming despite having Parkinson’s, which creates a dangerous effect from deep brain stimulators. Parkinson’s is a disease that disturbs our movement, causing a progressive nerve disorder. It starts with a mere tremor in one hand and then spreads slowly. The disorder slows the action of a person too.

According to an article in the recent article in the journal Neurology, a medical team from the University of Zurich said that swimmers could swim again if they turned off the stimulators. At first, doctors assumed the case of the man in the lake is an isolated event, Dr. Christian R. Baumann, author of the paper, expressed in an interview. But as the same thing happened to another patient who was also a competitive swimmer, Dr. Baumann and his colleagues began to enquire about it from other patients about swimming. Seven more cases were found among about 250 patients.

The leading manufacturer, Medtronic, said that almost everyone has the implants for relief of Parkinson’s symptoms. Dr. Baumann noted that the swimming problem is not much common. He thinks it is only in a few patients. Patients are there who still excels in swimming. And they do not have any clue as to why this is happening. They were also treated in the same region of the brain. But this disease can be life-threatening, and more attention should be paid to this. He warns all patients with stimulator not to go into much deep water alone for that can be risky for their life.