GET A GRIP

ON ESSENTIAL TREMOR

Have you heard of essential tremor? If not, you are not alone. Essential tremor (ET) is the most common movement disorder, yet many people don’t know about the condition. March is Essential Tremor Awareness Month and time to Get a Grip on ET.

Essential tremor causes involuntary shaking in any part of the body but most often affecting the hands. People living with essential tremor face day-to-day challenges. While dinner with friends or family is an opportunity to reconnect and unwind, for people living with ET, these moments can be filled with anxiety. Knitting, golfing, painting and other hobbies, enable us to balance stress in our life, but for people living with ET, hobbies may become impossible to pursue.

We invite you to join the cause and Get a Grip on ET during Essential Tremor Awareness Month and throughout the year. We hope that people living with essential tremor can literally get a grip on something in reach and that everyone can better understand what life is like for a person living with ET.

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THE FACTS OF ET

10M

Americans living with ET1

50%

chance of developing ET if a parent has the genetic mutation2

8

times more common than Parkinson’s disease3

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ON THE TRUE COST OF ET

How do you put a number to the cost of essential tremor? The economic burden on patients and their families becomes immense when the costs of care, medication, provider visits and treatments are totaled. This is only part of the equation, however. To truly get a grip on the economic impact of ET, less direct costs must also be considered – like lost income of those whose tremor prevents them from working or those that care for them.

A Frost & Sullivan survey of patients with ET, commissioned by INSIGHTEC, found that patients surveyed reported decline in self-esteem and quality of life, loss of independence and ability to pursue hobbies. In addition to the financial costs of essential tremor, the emotional impact should also be considered. Download the infographic to learn more.

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ON THE SYMPTOMS OF ET

Not all tremors are the same. According to Harvard Health, there are several conditions that can cause shaking hands. The first step is diagnosis, however individuals who have a tremor may not seek medical consultation, fearing they may have Parkinson’s disease. Did you know that essential tremor is actually eight times more common than Parkinson’s? While only a qualitied physician can provide a diagnosis, there are several key symptoms that differentiate essential tremor from other conditions. Download the symptom checklist to learn more.

SOURCES

1 What is essential tremor? International Essential Tremor Foundation. Retrieved February 27, 2019, from
https://www.essentialtremor.org/about-et/

2 Essential tremor. (2019, January 23). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved February 27, 2019, from
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/essential-tremor/symptoms-causes/syc-20350534

3 ET vs Parkinson’s disease: How do they differ. International Essential Tremor Foundation. Retrieved February 27, 2019, from
https://essentialtremor.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/ETvsPD092012.pdf

4 Frost & Sullivan. (2018). Assessing the full impact of essential tremor on patient quality of life and finances in the United States [White paper]. Retrieved February 27, 2018 from INSIGHTEC:
https://www.insightec.com/media/31399/fs_wp_insightec-essential-tremor.pdf