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Doctor insights on: Does Hardening Of The Arteries Cause Dementia

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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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

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Should I be concerned about hardening of the arteries if parent had vascular dementia?

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

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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?

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

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What causes dementia?

Many factors: such as inherited predisposition as in Alzheimer's Dementia , Vascular Dementia is caused by hardening of the arteries with decreased blood flow to the brain causing microvascular changes as in strokes, repeated blows to the brain as in those incurred in sports, boxing, football . Accidents causing concussions or traumatic brain injuries like explosions in war. Diseases like Parkinson's Disease ...Read more

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What causes dementia and its symptoms?

Damage to the brain: Dementia is a general term for a number of different types of illnesses each of which affect important brain functions. The symptoms a person has depend on the areas of the brain affected. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dementia?

What are the causes of dementia?

Many causes: Some are heredity like huntingtons, early alzheimers, some are vascular with same risk as heart disease, others are due to infection (menigitits) or trauma (ie multiple head trauma), some related to auto immune disease. Clearly too many types to worry about. Eat healthy and exercise, get regular check-up and enjoy your brain now. ...Read more

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Can dementia cause ANS dysfunction? If so how?

Can dementia cause ANS dysfunction? If so how?

Not dementia per se: ....but some of the things which may lead to dementia can also cause autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Things such as Parkinson's disease, HIV and AIDS, encephalitis. Symptoms such as rigidity and difficulty swallowing present in late stage dementia are not, typically, caused by autonomic dysfunction. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more