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What are my chances of getting alzheimer disease if parents had dementia?

The heritability

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Of Alzheimer's is relatively high: 55-80% in twin studies. However, only 6.4% of people develop AD in the US. Environmental factors play a greater role than genetics. Rather than worrying about you risk, take good care of yourself to be as healthy as you can be!
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Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

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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.
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina answered:

How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

Square vs. Rectangle

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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.
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Dr. Miroslava Fox answered:

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

Yes

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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
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Does acetyl-l-carnitine prevents Alzheimer's disease and dementia?

No

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There is no definitie evidence that anything can prevent Alzheimers disease. There is suggestive evidence that exercise and treating high blood pressure and diabetes can decrease the risk of it.
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Dr. Sam Gandy answered:

In what ways does vascular dementia differ from alzheimer's disease?

Strokes in VaD

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Alzheimer's and vascular dementia (VaD) frequently co-exist. The main evidence for VaD is based on clinical or radiological evidence for stroke.
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What are the differences between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

The course of illnes

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Is one of the major differences. Vascular dementia shows a stepwise loss of memory and function, while Alzheimer's course is slowly progressive.
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How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

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

Dementia types

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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.
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Dr. Kalyn Diamond answered:

How can i tell if my grandmother has alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia?

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Schedule an appointment with her doctor or go with her to her next doctor appointment. Discuss your concerns with her doctor and he/she will be able to evaluate by medical history and doing a dementia work up if indicated. Her doctor will also be able to refer to a neurologist and/or neuropsychologist for further evaluation/treatment as needed.
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