Alzheimer's is a chronic disease in which degeneration of the brain takes place and starts affecting memory. In the early stages the person starts to forget recent events but slowly the disease progresses to such a level where the person starts losing control over bodily functions and is not able to do routine things like passing urine and stool in the toilet and does these things anywhere even while lying in the bed. The patients of Alzheimer's slowly become dependent on a a regular nurse to take care of their routine needs. The memory loss becomes severe when the patient stops recognizing even the close family members and remains bed ridden. The average life of an Alzheimer's patient is 3-9 years from the onset of the disease.
Alzheimer's has a strong genetic connection and runs into family while other causes of the disease could be head injury, depression and high blood pressure over a long period of time. In countries like India, the early signs of Alzheimer's are confused with normal process of aging and therefore ignored.
The symptoms of Alzheimer's are the best way for any neurologist to diagnose the onset of the disease. Some investigations like MRI are done to rule out other causes of these symptoms of memory loss. Once it is established that these symptoms are not caused by other conditins it is assumed to be because of Alzheimer's.
There are no medications for reversing or slowing the progress of the disease. Regular exercise or physical therapy helps in performing normal activities of daily routine but not for a very long time. The person will slowly become more and more dependent and will become aloof as memory fades away. A full time nurse is mostly required to take care of the patient as it is not possible for the family members to be around at all times. Since Alzheimer's is a dreadful disease, one must do everything to keep the disease at bay and regular exercise is the only known way to stay away from this disease.
Alzheimer's is a very debilitating disease as the person becomes more and more dependent on others. It is extremely painful for the family members as the patient slowly tends to forget their names and faces. Once the patient is bedridden and dependent on a full time nurse, the cost associated could be close to 30-40 thousand rupees every month on account of the nurse. There are not much medications which can be used in the treatment of Alzheimer's so the cost on account of the medications is not significant. Regular Exercise on your own or with the help of physiotherapist can help in some way which may cost another 30-40 thousand rupees per month. Since the outcomes of the treatment are not very bright, it is best to keep the disease at bay specially for those who have Alzheimer's running into their genes. Such people should be very conscious about their body weight and should do regular exercise all their life.
Our hospitals are located in the northern part of India in and around New Delhi. We bring to you some of the finest hospitals in India which specialize in the field of Neurology and Neurosurgery. Fortis Hospital, Paras Hospital, Artemis Hospital, Max Hospital and Medanta Medicity are all located in the city of Gurgaon which is just 20 minutes drive from the New Delhi airport. Hospital like BLK, Max and Apollo are located in the city of New Delhi which is about 40 minutes drive from the airport. Gurgaon is considered as the Mecca of Indian Healthcare as you can find the best doctors and hospitals all within a distance of 4-5 kms from each other.
MRI is the backbone of any good Neurological hospital. We have the latest 3 Tesla MRI Scanner for providing the best in class diangostic results. Other diagnostic tools at our disposal include CT Scan, PET CT Scan, Video EEG, EMG, NCV, Sleep Study, Ultrasound, Colour Doppler, Mammography, DEXA Scan, Digital X-Ray and Pathology Lab. We have state of art Intensive Care Units to take care of the most sick patients. The hospitals have fully modular operation theatres equipped with high precision microscopes to carry out the most complex of the brain surgeries with excellent outcomes.
Our team of neurologists include some of the finest names in the world of Neurology like Dr Praveen Gupta, Dr Sumit Singh, Dr Vikas Sharma, Dr Namit Gupta, Dr J.D.Mukherji, Dr Kapil Aggarwal, Dr Rakesh Jain, Dr Sunil Singla, Dr Rajnish Kumar, Dr Rajiv Anand, Dr Mayank Chawla and Dr Satish Jain. While Dr Praveen Gupta is considered as an authority on stroke patients, Dr Sumit Singh has vast experience in the management of all kinds of Headaches and Migraine. Dr Namit Gupta is considered an authority when it comes to diseases like Epilepsy and Parkinsons.
Dr Praveen Gupta is Director of Neurology at Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon
Dr Sumit Singh is the Director of Neurology at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon
Dr Namit Gupta is Consultant Neurology at Max Hospital, Gurgaon
Dr Rajnish Kumar is Consultant Neurology at Paras Hospital, Gurgaon
Dr JD Mukherji is Consultant Neurology at Max Hospital, New Delhi
Dr Kapil Aggarwal is Consultant Neurologist at Gurgaon
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