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Do You Have Alzheimers/ Take the Alzheimers Test
You can take an Alzheimers test to determine if you have the disease! Is this statement fact or fiction? According to the Mayo Clinic, medical experts, and leading medical research on the Alzheimer’s Disease front, this statement is complete fiction.
Fact: no one test currently exists to confirm if you have Alzheimer’s.
Just how does a medical diagnosis of this disease result? In short, your doctor will make a judgment call based on information the patient has provided coupled with the results of various tests. A single test that gives a yes or no answer just doesn’t exist. Experts do not know enough about the cause of the disease to effectively diagnosis it via one all-encompassing test.
The good news: while a foolproof Alzheimers test does not exist, doctors have a 90% accuracy margin for properly diagnosing the disease.
Why? Absolute diagnosis of the ailment can only be accurately undertaken after death. Microscopic examination of the brain tissue must be performed. If characteristic Plaques and Tangles are found, a foolproof diagnosis can be made.
Recognizing Alzheimers Disease
Typically, doctors will recognize Alzheimer’s by a combination of physical and neurological exams, lab test, and mental status testing. During a physical and neurological exam, the doctor will check your overall heath by testing your balance, coordination, reflexes, muscle tone, strength, sense of touch and sight, and ability to get up and walk. Lab tests most generally include checking for thyroid disorders or vitamin deficiencies, which are common causes of memory loss and confusion.
Mental status testing is an assessment of your memory, problem-solving, and thinking skills. Testing usually take as little as ten minutes. Commonly used tasks include:
Following written instruction.
Naming the date and your location.
Following a three-step command.
Writing down a complete sentence.
Counting backwards from 100 by sevens.
Remembering a list of three spoken words.
Copying a design.
If any of these tests raise a red flag, your doctor will probably recommend brain imaging. Thanks to technological advancements, braining imaging (such as an MRI) can help a doctor detect visible abnormalities.
While a foolproof Alzheimers test has not yet been developed, being patient with current diagnosis methods can yield an accurate diagnosis.