Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease We all have moments of forgetting things, but when is it time to be concerned that a loved one’s forgetfulness is turning into something more? “The number one sign for Alzheimer’s/dementia is the gradual, insidious progression of cognitive loss,” says Dr. John Webb, lead physician in Neurology at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
Did you know that difficulty swallowing can occur as a result of a stroke or undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer? Did you know that according to the CDC it is estimated 89 percent of people with traumatic brain injury, MS and Parkinson’s disease have trouble with swallowing? Did you know that speech-language pathologists
Each year, the American Stroke Association estimates of the 800,000 people in the United States who have a stroke, 600,000 have never had a stroke before. The American Stroke Association and St. Elizabeth Healthcare believe the only way to reduce that number is to work together and educate the community. “The one word to remember
One night, at the Reed household in Williamstown, a scary series of events started to unfold. John Reed stood up for dinner, got dizzy and fell – striking his head on the tile floor. “I realized right away that he wasn’t responding, so I called 911,” remembers his wife, Phyllis, who happens to be a
Yes! The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by taking these steps: Control your blood pressure Stop smoking Exercise Manage atrial fibrillation With uncontrolled high blood pressure to blame for more than half of all strokes, it leads the list of risk factors that can be controlled. Knowledge
Many times you hear people use Alzheimer’s and dementia interchangeably, but they are not the same. Dementia is a description of a group of symptoms, while Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Many diseases or conditions can cause dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common — with 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases due to Alzheimer’s.
The next step in minimally invasive spinal (lumbar) fusion is now available at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Mazor X technology is making it easier for surgeons to be more precise and efficient during spinal fusion surgery, meaning you are less likely to need spinal revision surgery. St. Elizabeth is the first in the region – and