Alzheimers & Dementia: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:41 by admin
Alzheimer's disease is one of the leading causes of dementia. While the causes of Alzheimer's itself are not completely understood, scientists believe that heredity plays an important role in determining who gets the disease.

Alzheimer's attacks brain cells, killing some and weakening the effectiveness of others. The most obvious symptom of Alzheimer's is the loss of memory and the associated inability to recognize friends and loved ones. Usually the disease strikes slowly and the symptoms go unnoticed or are discounted. Eventually the victim has difficulty expressing thoughts and performing common activities.

Unfortunately, autopsy is the only surefire way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. However, by performing certain memory and blood tests, physicians are successful in diagnosing Alzheimer's before death approximately 85% of the time. Currently there is no established method for curing or preventing the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific drugs used to treat Alzheimer's disease and some of the drugs' more serious adverse side effects.

See Also

  1. AN-1792: Overview
  2. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs: Overview
  3. Exelon / Rivastigmine
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