Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but it’s not the only type you can develop. When you’re worried about memory lapses or misplacing items, it’s important to get a thorough evaluation by Peter-Brian Andersson, MD, PhD, at Neurology Consulting, Inc. With an early diagnosis, you can take steps to reduce symptoms of progressive dementia and prolong healthy functioning. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices located in Tarzana or Thousand Oaks, California.
Dementia includes a group of diseases that affect your memory, concentration, and other cognitive abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. The primary types of dementia include:
A few medical conditions, such as depression, hypothyroidism, and kidney disease, can cause dementia. This type of dementia improves when the underlying condition is treated, which is different from the progressive nature of primary dementias.
Memory loss doesn’t always mean you have dementia. However, memory loss is a key symptom of dementia. The symptoms associated with dementia are cognitive, psychological, and behavioral.
The earliest sign of Alzheimer’s disease is often having a hard time remembering new information. At the start, dementia causes milder symptoms, then they progressively worsen. Symptoms like difficulty talking, aggression, and hallucinations occur in the later stages of dementia.
When dementia is suspected, Dr. Andersson and the team at Neurology Consulting, Inc. begin with a thorough physical and neurological examination. They may perform cognitive and neuropsychological tests to evaluate your memory, language, problem-solving ability, and attention.
You may also undergo an MRI or CT of your brain, or positron emission tomography and EEG analysis to view patterns of brain activity.
Ongoing treatment for dementia focuses on slowing down and reducing symptoms. Several medications called cholinesterase inhibitors are FDA-approved for reducing symptoms associated with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The same medications may also help other types of dementia.
Another group of medications, NMDA antagonists, help treat the symptoms of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s. These medications can help patients with Alzheimer’s perform activities of daily living longer than they can without medication.
If Dr. Andersson diagnoses vascular dementia, your treatment includes steps to keep your blood vessels healthy, such as lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Dr. Andersson is a Co-Investigator in clinical trials of new treatments for dementia. You might be a suitable candidate to participate in a trial, which could give you access to new medications before they're made openly available.
If you’re concerned about memory loss or other symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online for a neurological evaluation at Neurology Consulting, Inc.