The Healthy Brain versus the Alzheimer's Brain.
Often, you will notice that someone can misplace an object, forget the name of someone, or even display an occasional flash of bad judgment. However, when these incidents start to happen more often, there might be something more serious going on.
While a perfectly good explanation is possibly available, it may also be time to consider the likelihood of Alzheimer's. Some of the early warning signs include:
Inability to problem-solve.
Difficulty judging distance and time.
A tendency to wander or get lost.
Trouble finding or using the right words.
Avoidance of people and social events.
Depression and mood swings.
Of course, these are also signs of dementia in general, a disorder for which any number of causes may occur. However, Alzheimer's is the sole culprit of 60 to 70 percent of dementia cases.
What Causes Alzheimer’s?
Researchers have long suspected that Alzheimer's was the sole cause of these plaques and tangles alone. However, some now see them as more of a hallmark than a cause, pointing the finger instead at such possible culprits as neural inflammation, damage to DNA, additional excessive excitation of glutamate.
Instead of only one, several modern scientists blame the disease on a mixture of environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors.
The Healthy Brain Versus the Alzheimer’s Brain
A healthy brain is bigger in size than a brain with Alzheimer's. That is because the cortex is forced to shrink by the disease. In the hippocampus area, where it adversely affects memory development, the problem can be especially serious.
As the cells of the brain die, the size of its ventricles increases, producing a Swiss cheese effect. Although scientists are unaware of what causes the Alzheimer's brain to develop plaques and tangles, all signs point to their presence as the cause of tissue loss and the death of cells.
Getting an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
Testing for Alzheimer's at the Las Vegas Neurology Center
A neurologist will review your medical history to determine your memory, language use, and ability to solve problems or participate in abstract thought.
We will also interview friends and family members to learn about any apparent behavioral changes. Laboratory tests can rule out vitamin deficiencies or specific diseases as a cause, whereas the degree of deterioration can be seen by brain imaging tests.
The Alzheimer’s Prognosis
While there is no current cure for Alzheimer's, multiple treatment options for an early diagnosis of Alzheimer's are available. These include medicine that assists with confusion and slow memory loss, along with specialized therapies to boost sleep habits and assist with behavioral changes.
As research continues to study Alzheimer's care and prevention options, and awareness of the situation would be helpful in helping both patients and families cope with the current diagnosis while making adequate preparations for the days and years to come. We are conducting Alzheimer's clinical trials.
What Causes Alzheimer's?
Researchers have long suspected that Alzheimer's was the sole cause of these plaques and tangles alone.
Alzheimer's is the sole culprit of 60 to 70 percent of dementia cases.
A Las Vegas Alzheimer's Neurologist will review your medical history to determine your memory, language use, and ability to solve problems or participate in abstract thought.
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