Affected Anatomy: Brain Tissue and blood vessels of the brain.
Alzheimer’s dementia is caused by a progressive loss of specific nerve tissue within the brain called neurons. Neurons are important for the transmission of electrical impulses responsible for driving many of the processes required for proper functioning of the brain. With continuous loss of neurons an individual with Alzheimer’s shows increasing abnormal changes in personality, judgement, reasoning and functional ability.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Signs and symptoms of all types of dementia are similar due to the lack of blood flow or electrical impulse transmission as a results of the specific type or cause for the dementia. Common signs and symptoms include slowing of the individual’s thought process, trouble remembering how to complete routine tasks, confusion, anxiety, depression, paranoia, impaired judgement, memory loss, sleep disturbances, decreased motivation and even hallucination.
Treating Alzheimer’s or Treatment of Alzheimer’s
There is currently no cure for any of the forms of dementia. There are several pharmaceutical regimens that are commonly prescribed to help with symptom management and to possibly slow progression. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is commonly used to treat patients who suffer from dementia due to its ability to stimulate permanent new blood vessel growth (angiogenesis). These new vessels are able to provide long term benefit from increased blood flow and oxygenation to vital brain tissues. Increased blood flow to the brain stimulates growth of nervous tissue and improves connections between vital neuron resulting in the improvement of symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s dementia.