day was my fias my first time back to see my regular Neurologist, Dr Sadia. after getting kicked out of the Alzheimer’s clinical trial. They said I didn’t have enough of the Amyloid protein on my brain to qualify for the clinical trial so they released me to go back to my regular neurologist to see what is wrong with me.
An interesting side note: a couple of days after this took place I heard on the National news that the clinical trial I was in got cancelled and closed down because the product wasn’t working the way they had hoped. It was the one trial that had showed the greatest promise. That saved me around two years of wasted time.
The clinical trial group did find that I have a blocked artery and that I had two mild strokes. Taking that EKG strip to my regular doctor today so they can decide what to do with me. Dr Sadia changed my diagnosis to the title of this post: Mild Cognitive Impairment From Vascular Disease in the Brain and sent me home and told me to come back in six months. That’s good because my new health insurer list my neurologist as out of network meaning I have to pay double to see her. Sure don’t like to pay double, That’s for sure
So what does all of this mean?
Vascular dementia is caused by problems with the blood system that supplies the brain, any condition or lifestyle choice that weakens or blocks our blood vessels can cause it.For example, Diabetes, which I have , high cholesterol and heart problems such as irregular heartbeat can cause vascular dementia.
Anyone can be affected by Vascular dementia, but several factors seem to increase the risk greater than than others. These include: High blood pressure, Smoking, Diabetes, High cholesterol, History of mild warning strokes, Evidence of disease in arteries elsewhere and Heart rhythm abnormalities, while no remedy can reverse the damage that has already been occurred, treatment to prevent extra strokes may be very essential and crucial to the outcome.
There is no cure for vascular dementia, but treatment can greatly slow the speed with which the symptoms progress. This is usually accomplished by treating the original cause of the damage to the brain. For example, if the damage was caused by a stroke due to high blood pressure, then treatment will focus on stopping and preventing any further strokes.
Since Dr. Sadia doesn’t want to see me for 6 months , there is not going to be much to write about so I guess that makes this a short lived Alzheimer’s blog. I will have to decide what to write about , right know I don’t have the slightest Idea of what that will be. If you want to stick around to find out that is fine with me, if not that is fine also. Thanks for listening.