Vagus nerve stimulation is a treatment that has been occasionally used to treat epilepsy, treatment-resistant depression, and even Alzheimer’s dementia. Are you familiar with this unusual treatment? Are you familiar with the vagus nerve? Though it’s not commonly known, it’s a critical part of your nervous system and has many potential clinical implications. Let’s chat about the vagus nerve and vagus nerve stimulation, but first, some background and context.
According to the Alzheimer Association’s annual report Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, “an estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021.” This number is expected to more than double to 12.7 million by the year 2050.
Missed appointments aren’t just missed appointments: They’re missed opportunities for early detection
There are perfectly reasonable explanations for why people are missing or canceling appointments, but these canceled appointments aren’t just missed appointments: they’re missed opportunities to detect conditions where there is an understanding that early detection can help patients maintain a higher quality of life for a longer period of time.
EEGs – or electroencephalograms – are used to diagnose many neurological conditions. Depending on the condition, your health care provider may order one of four different types of EEGs.
While research surrounding prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s is ongoing, scientists know the disease involves complex changes in the brain. Learn more:
For decades, part of the high risk factor for women was attributed to longevity, as women statistically live 4-6 years longer than men and age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Recent studies have identified additional risk factors that continue to place women at a higher risk for the disease:
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease both affect cognitive and memory functions of the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia.