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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimers and Strokes

03/31/2006

Question:

My father-in-law had a minor stroke a few months back. He now believes that the stroke has caused the onset of Alzheimers. Do strokes bring on Alzheimers? I thought it was not known how and why people develop Alzheimers. Thank you for your time in this matter.

Answer:

Yes, strokes can elicit the appearance of dementia. He should be evaluated by a neurologist and should pay attention to modifiable risk factors to enhance his health.

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Response by:

Robert P Friedland, MD Robert P Friedland, MD
Formerly, Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University