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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Cognitive Impairment (Overview)

An inability to think or reason clearly


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What can cause cognitive impairment?

What can cause cognitive impairment?

Alzheimers: Age is the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, and as the Baby
Boomer generation passes age 65, the number of people living with cognitive impairment is expected to jump dramatically. An estimated 5.1 million. Americans aged 65 years or older may currently have Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known formof cognitive impairment; this number may rise to13.2 mill in 2025. ...Read more

Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
80 Doctors shared insights

Cognitive Impairment (Overview)

An inability to think or reason clearly


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When doctors say cognitive impairment, what do they mean?

When doctors say cognitive impairment, what do they mean?

Difficulty thinking: Cognitive impairment refers to difficulties with thought process, including mental retardation or dementias. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my cognitive impairment at 60?

Lots of reasons: Cognitive impairment is due to many issues, chief of which is poor health. This can be manifest by poor nutrition & lack of exercise. Smoking, excess alcohol consumption & illicit substance use increase risk. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & heart disease are all associated w/cognitive impairment. Infections & some medications can push some over the line if their health is iffy. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for cognitive impairment for multiple sclerosis?

Is there any treatment for cognitive impairment for multiple sclerosis?

You Bet There Is!!: First, you are better if taking a very potent ms medicine, such as tysabri (natalizumab) or gilenya, as "off label" both have shown ability to prevent brain atrophy, and improve fatigue and cognition. Second, have adequate levels of vit d, taking 5-10000 units daily. The traditional Alzheimer's meds do not help usually, but would consider a trial of 2 medical foods, axona, and cerefolin-nac, and? Galantamine. ...Read more

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How to prevent cognitive impairment caused by benzodiapines?

Dose dependent: Many patients do not experience significant side effects from benzo's, but drowsiness, dizziness, and cognitive blunting do occur in many. Try to start at very low dose and slowly increase amount as your tolerance develops. If one drug causes problems, a different one may be better handled. Work closely with your doc. ...Read more

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If people don't get told in the icu that they may end up with cognitive impairment from delirium, how are they ever going to find out what caused it?

If people don't get told in the icu that they may end up with cognitive impairment from delirium, how are they ever going to find out what caused it?

Good question: Having previously experienced delirium, I can only say that it was a horrifying experience. I now have great empathy for those who go through it. In the facility that I was in it was only brought under control when I asked in the midst of the delirium for a psychiatric consultation. Most people would not have the awareness that psychiatrists treat delirium. I was fortunate enough to have one of the country's leading experts in delirium available to bring it to a quick end. Both families and patients need to be educated about delirium. It is very poorly done in most facilities around the country. I agree with the implications of your comment. ...Read more

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I'm extremely forgetful, have history of depression (on/off celexa). I'm concerned about longterm mental/cognitive impairment. Am I at risk? Advice?

I'm extremely forgetful, have history of depression (on/off celexa). I'm concerned about longterm mental/cognitive impairment. Am I at risk? Advice?

Forgetful/depressed: You need to make an appointment with your prescribing doctor to discuss this thoughly. Different medications have different effects on the body. ...Read more

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Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Many reasons: Mild cognitive impairment is often the initial manifestation of Alzheimer's but cognitive problems can be seen with vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, HIV and syphilis infections, and medication adverse effects. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also do this. ...Read more

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What is cognitive impairment.

Trouble thinking: This is a fancy term for having difficulty coming up with answers, or analysing data, whatever the source. The lay term "slow" has often been used in similar context. ...Read more

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What can cause cognitive impairment?

Alzheimers: Age is the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment, and as the Baby
Boomer generation passes age 65, the number of people living with cognitive impairment is expected to jump dramatically. An estimated 5.1 million. Americans aged 65 years or older may currently have Alzheimer’s disease, the most well-known formof cognitive impairment; this number may rise to13.2 mill in 2025. ...Read more

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Could medication cause cognitive impairment?

Yes: Many medications can cause cognitive impairment.Please see the two links below for lists and discussions.:
www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/408593_5

www. Drugs. Com/condition/mild-cognitive-impairment. Html
drugs (by generic name) associated with mild cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cognitive impairment?

Typically neurodegen: (amnestic) mild cognitive impairment (mcia) is a clinical term used to describe a phase of life that falls between pre symptomatic (have illness but no symptoms at all) and mild dementia due to alzheimer's disease. The person is forgetful and their memory recall tests between normal and frankly abnormal and they remain independent in their activities of daily living. It can progress o 1-9 years. ...Read more

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What will cause most cognitive impairment after 50?

What will cause most cognitive impairment after 50?

Many Factors: There are many risk factors, including age, stroke, family history of cognitive impairment, education level, brain injury, exposure to pesticides or toxins, alcohol dependence, smoking, physical inactivity, and chronic conditions such as parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Maintaining a healthy diet and a regular exercise program can decrease the risk of cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Can you work if diagnosed with cognitive impairment?

Possibly, but: Depends on your work tasks, as multi-tasking or complex decision making might be too demanding. If you possess symptoms from medication, recent infection, or exposure to toxin, things likely will reverse. If you have a progressive problem, this will increase your limitations. Neuropsychological testing may well help guide your potential choices. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my cognitive impairment at 60?

Lots of reasons: Cognitive impairment is due to many issues, chief of which is poor health. This can be manifest by poor nutrition & lack of exercise. Smoking, excess alcohol consumption & illicit substance use increase risk. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & heart disease are all associated w/cognitive impairment. Infections & some medications can push some over the line if their health is iffy. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment and negative symptoms or shorter life?

Dealing with memory: This is a difficult decision for many an all involved, whether it be you or a loved one. It is a personal decision but it is a decision you need to make while you can...A living will and good clear instructions to family are very important. There is no right or wrong...There just is. Do what is best for you. Decisions we make at the end are no different than the decisions and choices we made all along. ...Read more

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How might cognitive impairment affect response to instructions?

Unable: Cognitive impairment means that people are not usually able to follow simple instructions. They have difficulty with attention and especially laying down new memory. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cognitive impairment?

What is the definition or description of: Cognitive impairment?

Cognitive impairment: An inability to think or reason clearly ...Read more

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How does cognitive impairment affect a person telling the body what to do?

How does cognitive impairment affect a person telling the body what to do?

Please try again...: This question needs to be re-phrased, in order to be understandable. What is the person trying to tell the body to do? ...Read more

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Are there any significant cognitive impairment that you believe is caused by the disease?

Which disease?: Sorry, but what disease do you have in mind as potentially causing cognitive impairment? Without knowing the name of the disease, I really cannot give you an answer. ...Read more

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I think I have cognitive impairment but don't want it on my medical record. How can I tell?

Take free online tes: Go online & search for "free cognitive testing" or some variation. Take as many tests as you can and see how you score. If you well on all of them, then it's less likely but not impossible to have cognitive impairment. But if you don't do so well on most, then you really ought to chat, perhaps off-the-record, w/your doc and start some evaluation. At least improve your nutrition & exercise. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment?

Memory and thought: Mild cognitive impairment is difficulty in memory and ability to carry out thought processes- and although it's mild, there's can be some confusion involved. It's difficult to lay down new memories with cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Estrogen2use or not: Estrogens are like any other med. They have side effects some good, some bad. If your family history is strong for cardiac or osteoporosis estrogen is a good option to keep you healthy. If you have a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of blood clots it would be better to pass on the estrogen use. Discuss all of this with your md and make an informed decision for you :). ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Does anxiety cause cognitive impairment?

Sometimes: Anxiety can lower one's ability to focus and concentrate, and thus can also lead to some forgetfulness or distractibility. Still, (with the exception of temporary panic attacks, if any) most anxiety usually does not impair cognitive functions as much as some other mental health difficulties. This can be improved with psychotherapy and/or medication treatments. ...Read more

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How do doctors assess for cognitive impairment?

Testing: Typically they ask the person thinking questions and gauge their ability to respond. Subtract 7 from 100 and keep going. Perform a memory test of three item recall. Draw the face of a clock with the time saying 7:25 or some other "none even" time. There are other more specialized test that can be done, typically by psychologists. ...Read more

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Official website for mild cognitive impairment?

There is none: Dementia-related groups such as the alzheimer's association, huntington's disease association and many others deal with various degrees of cognitive impairment. There is no "official website". ...Read more

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Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Explanation: "dementia" is a functional term. It refers to a person who has not been independent in activities of daily living (adls) for at least 3 consecutive months. Dementia has numerous possible causes (eg alzheimer's). Mci = unequivocal loss of faculties: memory, thinking, reasoning, insight, judgment, task completion, apraxia, etc without being as functionally impaired as a demented person. ...Read more

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How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

How do I deal with cognitive impairment if diabetes?

Control: Control your blood sugar. Avoid the extremes (high and especially low blood sugar). Control other risk factors: blood pressure, cholesterol. Maintain healthy diet and exercise regularly. Do activities that stimulate your brain. See your physician for more individualized advice. Good luck. ...Read more

Slow Thinking (Definition)

Slow thinking = cognitive slowing - may occur ...Read more


Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Cognitive Dysfunction (Definition)

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