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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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Can arteriosclerosis cause dementia?

Can arteriosclerosis cause dementia?

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

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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

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What are some common causes of dementia in the elderly?

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

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Can radon cause dementia?

Can radon cause dementia?

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

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