Several small strokes in the part of the brain that receives information about position and movement can cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms, such as rigidity and slowness, walking with short, shuffling steps, speech and memory or thinking problems.
Vascular (Arteriosclerotic) Parkinsonism can be difficult to distinguish from Parkinson’s. However, stroke symptoms tend to appear suddenly and do not progress, whereas the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear gradually and get worse over time. Vascular parkinsonism usually affects the legs more than the upper part of the body.
Doctors believe that high blood pressure and diabetes are the most likely causes, but stroke and heart disease may also play a part.