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Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Controversial: Alzheimers disease affect at the same age of pats. With atherosclerosis. There is a dementia called multi infarct dementia that presents clinically indistinguishable from alzheimer's and is related to strokes associated to atherosclerosis and hypertension. Lowering cholesterol levels or preventing atherosclerosis (with statins) in theory prevents multi infarct dementia. Not aware of direct effect. ...Read more

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Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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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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Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

Yes: To name the few., alzheimer's dementia; vascular dementia (used to be called multi-infarct dementia); dementia with lewy bodies (dlb). Below is the link with descriptions of various types of dementia and possible etiology: http://www.Alz.Org/dementia/types-of-dementia.Asp. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

Alz =1 type dementia: The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms may occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases. Alzheimer’s is the most common (but not the only) cause of dementia. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

Hints no clear rules: Alzheimer's usually impairs recent memory initially, with preservation at first of distant memory and other cognitive functioning. Eventually more global deficits occur. Often ad is a "diagnosis of exclusion" i.e., the most likely possibility after other causes are ruled out. It can only be diagnosed for certain with brain tissue samples, which is generally only done after death. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

Dementia: Alzheimer's "disease" is actually a form of dementia. It's the most common type of dementia -- 4.5 million americans have it. It's also a progressive, and currently irreversible, brain disease. Some medicines can stall the progression; cognitive & memory dysfunction may not be severe at first diagnosis. But the disease takes its toll, leading to advanced dementia -- and ultimately, death. ...Read more

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What is required for a proper diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease beyond the signs of dementia?

Medical examination: It is important to exclude the possibility that the signs of dementia are caused by some reversible condition, e.g. Vitamin B12 deficiency, . ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between dementia and alzheimer's disease?

I want to know what is the difference between dementia and alzheimer's disease?

AD is a dementia: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgement and other symptoms. Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia, nearly 70% of those with dementia have alzheimers and age is the biggest risk factor. Other types of dementia include vascular, lewy body, alcoholic, and parkinsons. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Dementia types: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia. It is a neurodegenerative dementia, which cannot be reversed and gradually worsens over time. However, some medications can help to slow the process. Other types of dementia include fronto-temporal dementia, lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia. Some dementias can be treated, so proper diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

Square vs. Rectangle: Dementia is a term for a group of disorders that are characterized by degeneration of certain parts of the brain and cause problems with thinking, comprehension, language and various other cognitive abilities. Alzheimer's dementia is one kind of dementia. Just as all squares are rectangles, but the not all rectangles are squares, alzheimer's is a kind of dementia, but the reverse is not true. ...Read more

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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


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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia where people lose their ...Read more