Memory Loss Specialist

West Plano Medical Associates -  - Internal Medicine

West Plano Medical Associates

Internal Medicine located in Plano, TX

Losing your memory or noticing memory loss in a loved one can cause you to feel uncertain about the future. At West Plano Medical Associates in Plano, Texas, Safoora Harandi, MD, Sarah Guido-NP, and Julie Ramus-NP, evaluate brain functioning with Neuroscan™ testing. They can also find the cause of your memory loss and tell you whether the condition is reversible. To learn more about memory loss and its causes, call or book an appointment online today.

Memory Loss Q & A

What is memory loss?

Often a consequence of aging, memory loss can make it difficult to remain independent. Some memory loss is mild and completely normal, while other instances are linked to progressive diseases that worsen significantly with time. Some causes of memory loss are even temporary and reversible. 

If you notice memory loss in yourself or a loved one, it may concern you. The providers at West Plano Medical Associates can perform an evaluation to find out if your memory loss is cause for concern, as well as whether or not the condition is treatable. 

Memory loss can occur as one or both of two different forms: 

Short-term memory loss

Your short-term memory allows you to hold small pieces of information in your mind temporarily. Losing your short-term memory results in general forgetfulness, which can be a hurdle in your day-to-day life. 

Long-term memory loss

Long-term memories are information from the past that you keep available in your mind. If you lose your long-term memory, you might forget the names and relations of friends and family or stories from your life. 

What causes memory loss?

Memory loss has many possible root causes that may or may not be reversible. 

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for a decline in mental ability and memory loss. 

Eventually, it causes you to lose your ability to converse with others or respond to those around you. Experts think it comes from the buildup of proteins around your brain cells.

There are numerous other causes of memory loss, both temporary and permanent. The providers at West Plano Medical Associates explore the possibilities in relation to your medical history and lifestyle in order to make an accurate diagnosis. 

Possible causes of memory loss include:

  • Acute stress or grief
  • Depression
  • Certain medications
  • Head trauma and injuries
  • Alcoholism or long-term illicit drug use
  • Brain tumors or infections
  • Stroke
  • Hypothyroidism

If your memory loss is treatable, your provider can create a custom treatment plan for you. It might involve adjusting medications, taking new medications, or adopting healthy changes in your lifestyle. 

How is memory loss diagnosed?

West Plano Medical Associates uses Neuroscan to diagnose and evaluate memory loss in patients of all ages. 

Neuroscan systems include electroencephalogram (EEG) tests to detect abnormal electrical impulses in your brain, giving your provider valuable information about your brain activity.

Neuroscan also includes a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) so your provider can see and interpret the activity in your brain with tangible images on a monitor. 

If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss that’s cause for concern, call West Plano Medical Associates or book an appointment online today.

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