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What is the cause of death for ALS patients?

What is the cause of death for ALS patients?

Pneumonia: Most ALS patients who die naturally do so of pneumonia, because they are too weak to cough or breathe deeply which a healthy person does naturally to prevent lung infections. ...Read more

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What is the cause of death for respiratory failure?

What is the cause of death for respiratory failure?

See below: There are two types of respiratory failure - hypoxic where the body does not get enough oxygen, and hypercapneic, where the lungs cannot wash out the carbon dioxide. Either one can cause death. Usually, we can give supplemental oxygen or help with various machines to blow off the co2 but if the underlying lung disease cannot be reversed, that results in death. ...Read more

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What is the cause of death for people with cystic fibrosis?

What is the cause of death for people with cystic fibrosis?

Respiratiry failure: Usually progressive respiratory embarrassment from the primary disease. Some pts die of refractory infection as a consequence of cystic fibrosis. Malabsorption from cystic fibrosis may also contribute to mortality. ...Read more

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What exactly is heart disease and why is it the leading cause of death in America?

What exactly is heart disease and why is it the leading cause of death in America?

CAD plus: Heart disease is a broad category of any condition that affects the heart. The most common condition and the condition that is the leading cause of death is coronary artery disease. This is a condition in which the blood vessels on the surface of the heart which bring blood to the heart muscle develop blockages. When these coronary arteries become blocked the result can be a heart attack. ...Read more

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What are the causes, symptoms and treatment options for Parkinson's disease in elderly women. Is mild tremor of the hands indicative of the illness?

What are the causes, symptoms and treatment options for Parkinson's disease in elderly women. Is mild tremor of the hands indicative of the illness?

Gods Rx Available!!: Dopamine meds are mainstay of treatment. Modern therapy recommends longer lasting, milder potency meds first: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro--cautiously in the elderly). If these are inadequate & stronger meds are needed to manage symptoms, then sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together) are begun. Tailor rx with side effects in mind. ...Read more

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What is the leading cause of death in america for women?

What is the leading cause of death in america for women?

Heart Disease: The #1 cause of death in women is heart disease. It is a universally under-appreciated problem, but specifically in the United States. Diet, excercise, "baby aspirin", and regular checkups with your doctor are good preventive measures, particularly if you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease. ...Read more

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What is the leading cause of pericarditis for the elderly?

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What is the leading cause of pericarditis for the elderly?

Viral: The leading cause is a viral infection, namely the coxsackie or echovirus. Some other causes include hypothyroidism or kidney failure. A good portion of the time a specific cause can't be determined, we call that "idiopathic". ...Read more

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What is the cause of thrombocytopenia in most malaria patients?

What is the cause of thrombocytopenia in most malaria patients?

Enlarged spleen: An enlarged spleen, due to any cause can cause excessive destruction of platelets. Malaria is generally associated with an enlarged spleen. ...Read more

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What is the cause of thrombocytopenia in malaria patients?

Enlarged spleen: The spleen is enlarged in patients with malaria and an enlarged spleen form any cause can destroy more platelets and cause thrombocytopenia. ...Read more

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What is the cause of fear of mental patients?

What is the cause of fear of mental patients?

Fear of "mental" pts: If you mean why do people fear mental patients, there are all kinds of reasons -- mostly based in fear and ignorance. Mental illness has been stigmatized for generations. Seeing behavior which seems socially "odd" makes many people shy away, rather than try to understand. Also some mental illnesses people to their own need for help -- making it worse. Nami http://www.Nami.Org/ educates ; helps. ...Read more

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What is the reason for the increase of alzheimer's disease?

What is the reason for the increase of alzheimer's disease?

Mercury toxicity: There is no single cause of alzheimer's but a growing body of evidence implicates mercury toxicity as a significant cause (see http://www.Medscape.Com/viewarticle/733465). Exposure to mercury has increased over time, primarily from dental amalgam fillings but also from contaminated seafood.Research shows those who got flu vaccine preserved with mercury 5 years in a row had 10x risk of alzheimer's! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of early onset dementia? What is the progression of the disease? Can it cause apathy and short term memory issues? Unreality?

What are the symptoms of early onset dementia? What is the progression of the disease? Can it cause apathy and short term memory issues? Unreality?

Early onset dementia: Early signs of dementia include forgetting recently learned information, changes in the ability to solve problems and work with numbers, trouble finishing tasks, trouble with spatial relationships, misplacing things, becoming withdrawn, changes in personality, and poor judgement. Dementia can cause apathy and short term memory issues. The progression depends on the cause of the dementia. ...Read more

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What type of stroke causes bleeding in the brain? What is the survival rate?

What type of stroke causes bleeding in the brain? What is the survival rate?

Many causes: hemorrhagic stroke can happen from severe elevation in blood pressure (most common), or from an ischemic stroke transforming into a hemorrhagic, or a subarachnoid hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm, or from an AVM (arteriovenous malformation), or a large cortical brain hemorrhage from an amyloid angiopathy (in elderly with dementia) etc etc ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cerebral infarct with reportedly 80% brain dead and what is the chance for survival and recovery of consciousness?

What is the treatment for cerebral infarct with reportedly 80% brain dead and what is the chance for survival and recovery of consciousness?

Brain infarct: This is a grave condition. Speaking with the attending physicians and staff are your best source of information and answer to your questions. ...Read more

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What is the implication of cocci being found in the lungs of someone with severe copd? The patient is extremely confused & agitated most of the time

What is the implication of cocci being found in the lungs of someone with severe copd?  The patient is extremely confused & agitated most of the time

Quite concerning: Could well be pneumonia, but confusion and agitation could well be due to hypoxia, and this needs immediate attention. The confusion could be due to other causes such as medication rxtns, or alzheimer's. See your doctor today! ...Read more

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