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Does Hardening Of The Arteries Cause Dementia
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
What ailment is associated with the hardening of the arteries? I used to think it was code word for dementia.
Atherosclerosis: Hardening of the arteries, atherosclerosis, occurs when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the bloodstream and causes arteries to narrow and harden. Over time, these plaques can block the arteries and cause symptoms and problems throughout the body, including a stroke. However depending on the extent and location, hardening of the arteries may or may not result in dementia. ...Read more
Most illnesses: We humans can get are at least partly genetic. But worrying about it won't help. Instead, focus on taking good care of yourself and your cardiovascular system to avoid that complication! ...Read more
Is it wise to have a 90%coratid artery on the left side fixed by surgery on a 74 yr old male with mild to moderate dementia. Meds did not help?
Depends: There are important questions you need to consider. Confidence from vascular surgeon based on experience and results as well as honesty. The quality of life - since this person has dementia, the outcome of surgery may not be great due to the possibility of delirium and complications from surgery such as stroke and others. ...Read more
I have been told I have mild ectasia of the basilar artery. I suffer with migraine and my father has multi infarct dementia. Should I be concerned?
Vascular dementia: There are various types of dementia, in addition to Alzheimer's. Vascular dementia can be the result of strokes or reduced blood flow through the brain. Progressive Arteriosclerosis will restrict blood through the brain and result in dementia. Many believe that vascular dementia is under diagnosed. See your doctor for treatment to deal with this condition. ...Read more
Alzheimers: 70% of people who have dementia have alzheimers disease. But strokes can cause vascular dementia. Lewy body dementia and frontal temporal lobe dementia are also fairly common. Less common types include alcohol, head injuries, and excessiive spinal fluid. There are many other neurological illnesses that can lead to dementia too. ...Read more
Yes. Radon dementia:
Www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1579210
natural distribution of environmental radon daughters in the different brain. .. Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia: www. Idahoradon. Com/alzheimers-parkinsons-studies
radon is a primary source of harmful radiation exposure for humans;. .. Memory loss: dementia such as forgetting things more. ...Read more
Sort of: There are many causes of dementia, including some we don't normally think of, such as vitamin deficiency, stroke, or brain tumor. Some of these diseases can cause dizziness in addition to dementia. More typically, dizziness does not accompany dementia. Dizziness can be a separate problem from dementia, or might help pinpoint an underlying cause for both. ...Read more
3 main causes: Alzheimer's disease, lewy body dementia and vascular dementia are the top 3 causes. Death of brain cells results from the abnormal accumulation of proteins in the first 2 disorders. Vascular refers to loss of brain cells from little stroke-like events that deprive them of nutrition. ...Read more
Symptom control: Dementia from cirrhosis is actually called hepatic encephalopathy (build up of toxins like ammonia in the brain), with the common theme resulting in confusion. Hepatic encephalopathy can be controlled with certain medications, so I would recommend you see a liver specialist to discuss these options. Once hepatic encephalopathy occurs, liver transplantat discussion should occur with your doctor. ...Read more
Alcohol: We have no evidence alzheimer's is caused by a drug. However chronic excessive alcohol use is associated with dementia. There are negative cognitive effects of many other drugs including marijuana and opiates but few dementia syndromes described. To cause dementia there would need to be brain damage. ...Read more
Not exactly: Hallucinations or visual disturbances aren't symptoms of dementia, per se. However, patients with dementia may experience hallucinations or delusions if a delirium or other cause of these symptoms is superimposed on the dementia. Delirium develops over a short period of time (usually hours to days) and tends to fluctuate throughout the day. Patients with delirium often respond well to treatment. ...Read more
Dementia: Bronchopneumonia and ischaemic heart disease.Get a more detailed answer ›
Causes of dementia: Lewy body disease is a leading cause of dementia in the elderly. With this condition people have abnormal protein structures in certain areas of the brain. Many small strokes can cause vascular dementia. Abnormal brain functioning is associated with these conditions. ...Read more
Probably not: But the medication has not been around for that long ...Read more
NO: Methadone can be associated with a number of side effects, but actually very few long-term "organ" effects (heart, liver, kidney, brain etc.) constipation, increased sweating, hormonal changes that alter libido, erectile function and fertility. Weight gain with its attendant problems certainly can occur. Heart rhythm problems, although getting publicity, are rare. Think about alcohol;tobacco use. ...Read more
Does long term use of cymbalta (duloxetine) cause dementia. I mean 60 mg. For twenty or thirty years?
I've been taking benedryl to sleep for about a week. Is it true benedryl causes dementia in the long term? I've been taking it to get schedule back
Association is not..: ...Causation. The study you reference was a retrospective association of anticholinergic type medications like benedryl, equivalent for chronic use for THREE YEARS. The significant difficulty with these studies is that to assume there is causation is faulty. However, in general, any chronicity of treatments should be supervised by a health care provider. See your PCP. ...Read more
Are there any other conditions that can cause fluctuating cognition besides dementia with LB? I've been to a few doctors and no conclusions were ever made but my symptoms just keep worsoning with time
How to address: Cognition normally fluctuates on a day to day basis, and can change secondary to sleep patterns, emotional stresses, contact with infections or allergies, side effects from medication, use of alcohol or recreational drugs, and even reactions to foods. I seriously doubt you have any issues with Lewy Body Dementia, and suggest some counseling to deal with this pre-occupation. ...Read more
No: Dementia is usually differentiated into two types: vascular type, and non-vascular type. Vascular dementia is due to disruption in the vascular supply causing degeneration of neurons. Non-vascular dementia, such as Alzheimer's dementia, Lewy body dementia are cause by mechanisms involve amyloid plaque depositions and neurofibrillary tangles, and accumulation of Lewy body in the neuron. ...Read more
Wow: It is so uncommon I guess I would say dementia from alcohol and drug abuse, vascular origin and maybe post traumatic would be most common in that age group. You can go way out and say perhaps some severe metabolic disorders like hypothyroidism might be a cause... But all these are really really uncommon. ...Read more
Rule Out Causes:
Very common in dementias but may be treated very differently.
(alzheimer's hallucinations may be treated different then those of lewy body or parkinson's dementias)
the type of dementia is important to be as accurate as possible with.
Medical evaluation is needed regardless as many medical conditions lead to hallucinations.
Environmental stimuli and stress.
Finally not all hallucinations need meds. ...Read more
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