Is it common for symptoms of corotid artery disease (or any sort of blockage in the corotid artery) to mimic symptoms of Altzeimers Disease? Forgetfulness, confusion, loss of words, etc. Could the two conditions be confused?
Symptoms of carotid artery disease are due to decreased blood flow to brain; hence it presents with sudden weakness, paralysis on one side of body, slurred speech, sudden blindness in one eye (essentially features of stroke).
Alzheimer’s is a gradual disease leading to chronic, insidious memory loss which is the main symptom; however other symptoms such as changes in language or spatial skills may be seen.
So the two conditions can be differentiated based upon the medical history/examination and investigations (MRI/CT scan)
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