shacherry wrote:I am at ease knowing that Dr. Pena has my back for the long haul. A year ago when I went to see her and mentioned I felt my memory was slipping she referred me to Dr. Isaacson's Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell. She knew that heart disease is a risk factor for AD and Vascular dementia.
GLS18 wrote:shacherry wrote:I am curious to hear your thoughts on Dr. Isaacson's Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell. How are you finding the program?
shacherry wrote:GLS18 wrote:shacherry wrote:I am curious to hear your thoughts on Dr. Isaacson's Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell. How are you finding the program?
I'm being followed by Dr. Ishii Dr. Isaacson's colleague at the prevention clinic. I am impressed they left no stone unturned when looking for the possible mechanism for what I was experiencing. I had an MRI, amyloid beta/tau spinal fluid tests, inflammation markers and paraneoplastic syndrome in the spinal fluid tests, genetic testing, and one 4-hour neuropsychological tests, twice one year from the next to compare results. I felt like my story was heard and understood as well as my concern validated when I discussed my family history of heart disease and vascular dementia as well as my symptoms and medical issues. He is encouraging and enthusiastic about my efforts to use diet, exercise, and supplements to help prevent the disease. Since he is more of a researcher, see his lab below, then a clinical doctor I like that I am able to talk about possible biomarkers and the science of this disease with him. Here is the good news.
Ultimately no tests showed evidence of a degenerative brain disorder. Since I have an overabundance of risk factors he feels it is prudent for me to continue to meet with him once a year. He made me laugh when he was talking about 20 years from now still seeing him.
P.S. As for Weill Cornell as a medical center. Most of the doctors I see practice there. What is striking in regards to all of them is the fact that they value my curiosity and are all out of the box thinkers.
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