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Memory Loss

Apex Neurology, Northern Medical Care PC

V Drips & Neurologists located in Forest Hills, Midtown East, Manhattan, and Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Memory loss is distressing, even when you simply can’t seem to remember the right word or what you had for breakfast yesterday. However, when you consistently have trouble with your memory, it may be a sign of a more serious problem. At Apex Neurology, Northern Medical Care PC, the doctors offer memory evaluations and treatment for memory issues at two office locations in the Bronx and Forest Hills, New York. If you’re concerned about your memory, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Memory Loss Q & A

What causes memory loss?

If you’re experiencing memory loss, it could stem from a variety of conditions, including dementia, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), or chemical or structural irregularities in your brain. Conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Huntington's disease can also cause memory problems, as can certain vitamin deficiencies.

Typical signs of memory loss include:

  • Inability to find the right words to describe a feeling, concept, or object
  • Repeating the same questions
  • Getting lost easily
  • Behavioral and mood changes
  • Taking longer than usual to perform everyday tasks

Memory loss isn’t always caused by a serious medical condition. You might temporarily forget things because of drug or alcohol use or a head injury.

If you or someone you love is having memory problems, it’s important to get a medical assessment right away. While many of the conditions that cause memory loss aren’t curable, treatment is available to slow the progression of many diseases and enhance your quality of life.

How is memory loss evaluated?

The doctor provides comprehensive consultations to evaluate memory loss and diagnose any underlying conditions that may be contributing to the issue. He talks to you in detail about your personal and family medical history and performs a full physical exam, including cognitive function tests like remembering words, writing sentences, and reproducing simple line drawings.

In addition to your consultation, the doctor may order diagnostic imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, to look for abnormalities in your brain. They also use Doppler ultrasound imaging to study the blood vessels in your brain.

How is memory loss treated?

The doctor provides customized treatments for memory loss and the associated conditions that cause cognitive impairment. His approach to memory loss care is patient-focused, and he may involve your family for additional support. He strives to improve your quality of life, helping you lead a healthy, active, and independent life for as long as possible.

Medications and therapies may be able to reduce your symptoms and slow the progression of conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The doctors also suggest lifestyle modifications, such as adding regular physical activity to your routine, eating a balanced diet, and making sure you get sufficient sleep.

For expert memory loss evaluation and customized, patient-focused treatments, call or book an appointment online today.