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Smart Brain and Health

Neuroimaging located in Santa Monica, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

About one-third of adults aged 85 and older have Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia. At Smart Brain and Health in Santa Monica, California, neuroimaging specialists Dr. Allen Chroman and Dr. Bradley Jabour provide advanced brain imaging technology and devise a treatment plan for Alzheimer’s disease with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Schedule an evaluation by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.

Alzheimer's Q & A

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and generally gets worse over time, particularly when not treated. The disease causes cognitive changes due to deposits of certain proteins in the brain. 

Alzheimer’s disease causes the brain to shrink and some of its cells to die. Treatment may help prevent disease progression, decreasing the rate of memory decline in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Which symptoms can Alzheimer’s disease cause?

Alzheimer’s disease can lead to:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased ability to perform everyday tasks
  • Limited ability for self-care
  • Reduced ability to carry on conversations 
  • Forgetting names
  • Getting lost in familiar areas
  • Repeating statements over and over
  • Misplacing items frequently
  • Forgetting appointments
  • Trouble finding the right words
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor organization, decision-making, and judgment
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Social withdrawal
  • Wandering around

Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have a cure, but an early diagnosis and treatment can help you or a loved one live the best quality of life possible. 

What increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease?

While the cause isn’t clear, Alzheimer’s disease risk factors may include:

  • Family history of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Aging
  • Down syndrome
  • Being female
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Air pollution
  • Head trauma
  • Poor sleep
  • Excessive alcohol consumption 
  • Lack of social interaction or brain-stimulating activities
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Poorly controlled Type 2 diabetes

Adopting healthy lifestyle habits may not necessarily prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but it could reduce its risk or delay the progression of the disease.

How is Alzheimer’s disease treated with TMS and brain imaging?

Treating Alzheimer’s disease at Smart Brain and Health involves using cutting-edge functional MRIs or other brain imaging procedures to obtain an in-depth picture of your brain and look for abnormalities. Neuroimaging helps guide transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment decisions and determine its effectiveness.

TMS is a noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic energy pulses to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The Smart Brain and Health experts provide (“GPS for the Brain”™) imaging procedures to accurately target TMS treatment and track its progress. They utilize stereotactic techniques on a Brain Lab system pioneered for brain surgery but adapted for individualized TMS therapy by the Smart Brain and Health experts.

You might also undergo psychotherapy or take medications, dietary supplements, or both and make lifestyle changes. It’s important to exercise regularly, eat nutritious foods, minimize stress, get plenty of sleep, and avoid smoking, excess alcohol, and illicit drug use. However, there’s currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. 

Seeing the Smart Brain and Health specialists for periodic neuroimaging helps track brain changes over time.

Schedule an Alzheimer’s disease evaluation at Smart Brain and Health by phone or request one online today.