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How does atherosclerosis affect the patients mental or psychological outlook?

How does atherosclerosis affect the patients mental or psychological outlook?

Dementia: Atherosclerosis can lead to gradual loss of brain function and dementia (multi infarct dementia). Dementia can be associated with behavioral and mood disturbance. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


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How will atherosclerosis affect the patients mental or psychological function?

How will atherosclerosis affect the patients mental or psychological function?

Atherosclerosis: Depends on site of hardening of vessels. If it is in the brain, might see forgetfulness & cognitive changes. ...Read more

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Can diet affect coronary cerebrovascular disease?

Can diet affect coronary cerebrovascular disease?

Confused: There is coronary disease and there is cerebrovascular disease but there is no "coronary cerebrovascular disease". However, the common denominator is arteriosclerosis and diet plays a very important role in its cause and prevention. ...Read more

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Geriatric epilepsy unknown etiology patient on TEGRETOL . Short memory loss and signs of poor brain circulation(MRI), drugs advised?Cavinton ?

Geriatric epilepsy unknown etiology patient on TEGRETOL . Short memory loss and signs of poor brain circulation(MRI), drugs advised?Cavinton ?

Cerebral blood flow: Carbamazepine is a good agent for seizures, but can be associated with cognitive side effects. If the issue is with blood flow in brain, additional details need to be provided. As for Vinpocetine (Cavinton) there is anecdotal evidence of improvement of blood flow, but there is less experience with that drug in regulated markets (eg US FDA) to comment on usage. ...Read more

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How can dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

How can  dementia affect an individuals physical mental and social state?

Eventually impaires : All areas of function in this question eventually become effected more or less. No one answer. The type of dementia plays a big role in these areas. Fronto-temp. Dementia often starts at earlier ages and is often mistaken as a primary psychiatric condition as cognition is relatively spared in early stages but behaviors may be very inappropriate. Disability may be needed which becomes another issue. ...Read more

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How can gender affect coronary heart disease (chd)?

How can  gender affect coronary heart disease (chd)?

Heart disease: Women have some hormonal protection from coronary disease while they are pre menopausal. Having said that, heart disease is under diagnosed and under treated in women. ...Read more

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For what reasons inflammatory disease of cardiac valves diminish their effective function?

For what reasons inflammatory disease of cardiac valves diminish their effective function?

See details: I prevents complete opening and/or closing of the heart valve which in turn adversely effects the ability of the heart to pump blood normally. ...Read more

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How does lifestyle affect the development of coronary heart disease?

How does lifestyle affect the development of coronary heart disease?

Numerous ways: It is well known that smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise can contribute to coronary disease, in part through effects on blood pressure and diabetes, and in part via more direct effects on the arteries. Stress can sometimes play a role in this in predisposed individuals. ...Read more

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How does psychological stress effect oxidative stress in cancer patients?

How does psychological stress effect oxidative stress in cancer patients?

Awesome question!: Recent study supports the emerging model that chronic stress exposure promotes oxidative damage through frequent and sustained activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It also supports the less studied model of 'eustress' - that manageable levels of life stress may enhance psychobiological resilience to oxidative damage. Best regards. ...Read more

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Does stress affects the people with history of bipolar disordee?

Does stress affects the people with history of bipolar disordee?

Yes: Like all of us - stress impacts the mood of those with bipolar disorder. A solution is acceptance of our stress - rather than to try to ale it go away. ...Read more

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What factors most prominently affect mental health?

What factors most prominently affect mental health?

Internal/external: There is the person's internal world, in other words their thought processes, emotions, and general internal dialogue as well as chemical balance in the nervous system (or lack thereof) and the person's genetic makeup. There is also the person's external world, such as family members and friends, their jobs, where they live, socioeconomic status, and cultural and ethnic issues. Nature vs nurture. ...Read more

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How can peripheral vascular disease affect cardiac output?

How can peripheral vascular disease affect cardiac output?

Obstruction: The peripheral vessels are atherosclerotic-hardened and frequently partially blocked. The heart is pumping into a stiff set of pipes. Hypertension, high resistance have some effect. Many folks with PVD also have coronary disease. Up to 30-40%. ...Read more

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How can peripheral vascular disease affect cardiac output?

How can  peripheral vascular disease affect cardiac output?

Obstruction: The peripheral vessels are atherosclerotic-hardened and frequently partially blocked. The heart is pumping into a stiff set of pipes. Hypertension, high resistance have some effect. Many folks with PVD also have coronary disease. Up to 30-40%. ...Read more

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Microvascular chronic ischemic in brain can affect memory?

Microvascular chronic ischemic in brain can affect memory?

Sure can: We term multiple small strokes, lacunar infarcts, and these can mount up and produce "etat lacunaire", or full blown vascular dementia. Here, the job involves prevention with an appropriate stroke anti platelet, or anti-coagulant approach. ...Read more

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Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Phosphatidylserine (fos-fuh-tie-dul-SER-een) is a dietary supplement that has received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems: Several studies with phosphatidylserine indicate improved cognitive abilities and behaviors. However, improvements lasted only a few months and were seen in people with the least severe symptoms. Initially, phosphatidylserine supplements were derived from the brain cells of cows. But because of concerns about mad cow disease, most manufacturers now produce the supplements from soy or cabbage derivatives. Preliminary studies have shown that plant-based phosphatidylserine supplements may also offer benefits, but more research is needed. However, no modern studies have continued to focus on phosphatidylserine, suggesting its limited effect. Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration doesn't require manufacturers to provide evidence of the potential risks and benefits of phosphatidylserine — or of any supplement. Consult your doctor before starting any dietary supplement. ...Read more

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Can strokes cause mental illness regardless of age?

Can strokes cause mental illness regardless of age?

Mental illness?: What do you mean by "mental illness"? Schizophrenia? Bipolar disorder? Please define your terms. Strokes cause COGNITIVE deficits which vary depending on affected hemisphere. They can cause personality changes but this is rare. They can cause psychosis but this is ALWAYS transient (hours or days). They can definitely cause mood changes (depression or euphoria) but that's not really "illness." ...Read more

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Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Since smoking lowers C3 levels, wouldn't smoking make certain autoimmune conditions worse...Because some autoimmune diseases lower c3?

Smoking makes worse: Complement is low and systemic lupus because it is activated by the lupus. Smoking activates the alternative complement pathway and lowers some pf the complement compoments. Low complement does not cause connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...Read more