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A 40-year-old member asked:

can hypoxia and dementia in a middle-aged patient be the result of a heart condition? could they be caused by a minor stroke or a drug overdose?

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Dr. Soren Singel
Neurosurgery 29 years experience
All of the above: All of the above can happen. Full medical workup needed - check for diabetes, heart failure or arrhythmia, hypercoagulable state, pulmonary hypertension, morbid obesity etc.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Can lack of oxygen cause hair loss?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Yes: Chronic hypoxia in patients with peripheral vascular disease suffer hair loss on their extremities.

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