While there is no cure for most types of dementia, there are certain treatments that can ease the symptoms or even slow the disease’s progression. The type of dementia will determine the type of treatment. Some treatments help the patient with an associated problem rather than the dementia. It all depends on the unique situation.
Can Dementia Be Prevented?
It is possible to treat some of the risk factors that increase the chances of developing the condition. Such risk factors include diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, for they can all cause brain and nerve tissue to degenerate. Getting such conditions under control may prevent the patient from developing dementia.
Vascular dementia, the second most common type after Alzheimer’s, is caused by the neurological damage resulting from a stroke. In many cases, it can be prevented by adopting good habits that keep the cardiovascular system healthy.
What About Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, is a progressive form of the disease. Its symptoms start out mild and become progressively worse. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but some treatments can slow the progression of the disease.
For example, cholinesterase inhibitors are a family of drugs that prevent a chemical messenger called acetycholine from breaking down. The drugs, therefore, keep acetycholine levels high and slow the decline in the patient’s ability to learn and remember.
A drug called memantine (Namenda) has been approved by the FDA to treat patients with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s. It works by regulating a chemical messenger called glutamate that affects memory and learning. Memantine, thus, also slows down the deterioration of the patient’s memory. It may also be used to treat people who haven’t responded to the cholinesterase inhibitors.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you suspect that you or someone you love is dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia, we warmly invite you to make an appointment at The NeuroMedical Institute. Our team of professionals can come up with a customized treatment plan designed to slow the progression of the disease and promote the best quality of life possible. Our team will make sure to assess the patient’s condition periodically to look for any signs of declining ability or improvements. This will help to ensure that the most effective treatment is being utilized.
The NeuroMedical Institute is located in Panama City. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more.