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Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory , mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Alzheimers disease, dementia, poor memory , mci -- what causes do they have in common?

Memory deficits: There is a chemical in the brain called acetylcholine which is deficient with aging, and that causes deficits in cognitive functions. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Would MRI or CT show dementia ar alzheimers?

Would MRI or CT show dementia ar alzheimers?

Sometimes: Head ct and MRI can show shrinkage in certain brain areas, if that is extensive enough. However. Deterioration of brain function in the form of dementia -- including alzheimer's -- develops and impacts the person's behavior long before physical effects show up on ct or MRI scans. These scans would be only part of a workup for possible dementia, not the whole of it. ...Read more

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Would a CT with and without contrast show any evidence of Alzheimer's or dementia?

Would a CT with and without contrast show any evidence of Alzheimer's or dementia?

Yes,: the CT may show a particular pattern of atrophy that can be associated with Alzheimer's . ...Read more

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Im so afraid I have alzheimers. I want to go for the ct. What else can I do to for a 2nd opinion?

Go see your doctor: Your family doc can assess your current cognitive function and order appropriate tests to either allay or confirm your fears (to some extent). But realize there are currently no 100% accurate tests for diagnosing alzheimer's dementia although the new pet scan w/florbetapir is better than anything else we have. Regardless of diagnosis, exercise & nutrition are key to quality of life & outcome. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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Can CT see brain atrophy from alzheimer's or dementia?

Can CT see brain atrophy from alzheimer's or dementia?

If advanced, yes: If alzheimer's or other dementia is far enough advanced, then ct can show cortical atrophy and enlarged ventricles. However, functional brain changes can be going on for a long time before anatomical changes show up. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms of alzheimers's disease?

Please explain what are some symptoms of alzheimers's disease?

Possible early signs: Some early signs of alzheimer's can be memory loss that disturbs daily life; trouble planning/solving problems; difficulty completing typical tasks; confusion with time or place; trouble understanding visual images or space relationships; new problems with word finding or following conversations; misplacing things, ; unable to retrace steps; poor judgment; withdrawing socially; mood changes, etc. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, i would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

A progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to ...Read more