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  1. Dementia - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if signs of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) develop suddenly. These may include: Numbness, weakness, or inability to move the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body, vision proble

  2. Dementia - Topic Overview

    Dementia is a loss of mental skills that affects your daily life. It can cause problems with your memory and how well you can think and plan.

  3. Dementia - Prevention

    Dementia is difficult to prevent because what causes it often is not known. However, people who have vascular dementia may be able to prevent future declines by lowering their risk of heart disease and stroke.

  4. Dementia - Symptoms

    Symptoms of dementia vary depending on the cause and the area of the brain that is affected. Memory loss is usually the earliest and most noticeable symptom.

  5. Dementia - Exams and Tests

    Doctors diagnose the cause of dementia by asking questions about the person's medical history and doing a physical exam, a mental status exam, and lab and imaging tests. Tests can help the doctor learn whether dementia is caused by a treatable condition.

  6. Dementia - What Happens

    How quickly dementia progresses depends on what is causing it and the area of the brain that is affected. Some types of dementia progress slowly over several years. Other types may progress more rapidly.

  7. Dementia - Other Treatment

    Researchers are investigating many treatments to learn whether they can prevent or delay the development of dementia.

  8. Dementia - What Increases Your Risk

    Aging is the main risk factor for all types of dementia. Some diseases that cause dementia (such as early-onset Alzheimer's disease and some frontotemporal dementias) may run in families.

  9. Dementia - Cause

    Learn about dementia and what causes it, including injury to the brain caused by tumors, head injury, or strokes, or diseases, such as Parkinson's disease.

  10. Dementia - Medications

    Doctors use medicines to treat dementia in the following ways: To correct an underlying condition causing dementia, such as thyroid replacement for hypothyroidism, vitamins for lack of thiamine or vitamin B12, or antibiotics for infections. To maintain me

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