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Ask the Doctor: Seizures & AD; Isolated Systolic Hypertension; Modafinil

Q: My 77-year-old wife has Alzheimer’s disease and recently began having seizures. Could the seizures be related to her Alzheimer’s?

A: Seizures are convulsions or muscle spasms associated with abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It is not uncommon for seizures to be associated with advanced Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It is estimated

Heart Arrhythmia: Are We Making Progress?

Atrial fibrillation (a-fib)—an irregular heart rhythm caused by abnormal electrical impulses in the heart—is known to dramatically increase the risk of strokes caused by blood clots that develop in the heart and travel to the brain. Untreated a-fib is also associated with higher risk for cognitive decline, dementia, and mood

Elderly Diseases: The Big 12

Elderly Diseases: The Big 12

For both the youthful and the elderly, diseases can be a reality, and they require attention. Many different diseases can affect the human body, but certain ones rank among the most common causes of major illness in older adults. Some of these elderly diseases affect both men and women and

You Can Have AFib and Not Know It

It’s estimated that nearly 3 million Americans have AFib (atrial fibrillation) and many may not even be aware that they have this condition. AFib is an abnormal heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart (atria). It is caused by disordered electrical activity, which results in an irregular and

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