Dr. Brad Herskowitz, Neurologist and Medical Director of the Neurology Research Group with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, says most concussions and most of their symptoms will recover in seven to ten days. He recommends resting until the patient feels better and is without symptoms, because if he still has it, It's difficult to return to normal activities. In athletes' cases, Dr. Herskowitz advises not coming back to play until the symptoms are completed disappeared, because the risk of another concussion could be fatal. He explains those athletes can get second impact syndrome if they don't recover appropriately.
For diagnosing a concussion, the physician needs to see what the mechanism of injury is, affirms Dr. Brad Herskowitz, Neurologist and Medical Director of the Neurology Research Group with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, who also says after the historical aspect It's important to see the symptoms. The specialist says 99% of the time there are no imaging studies that are helpful in diagnosis of concussions, because It's clinical and not radiological diagnosis.
Dr. Brad Herskowitz, Neurologist at Baptist Health Neuroscience, explains that the most common cause of progressive dementia is Alzheimer disease. He states there are five million people in the United States with this condition. The neurologist lists the most common Alzheimer's symptom: memory loss, problems with language, word finding problems, depression, agitation, which is a very difficult symptom to deal with, according to him. There are many causes of dementia such as stroke and brain injuries, clots in the brain and vitamin deficiencies. Dr. Herskowitz also explains what could be other neurodegenerative diseases: Lewy body dementia (LBD) and frontotemporal dementia. “These are hereditary diseases," he says.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is very common in football players, but Dr. Brad Herskowitz, Neurologist and Medical Director of the Neurology Research Group with Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, affirms the condition could be observed in wrestlers and soccer players, too. The specialist says It's important to learn how to prevent it and, then, eventually thereâ€™ll be a treatment some day for CTE.
A healthy diet is the best way to prevent diseases like dementia. Dr. Brad Herskowitz, Neurologist at Baptist Health Neuroscience, does not recommend drinking a lot of soft drinks (either regular or artificially sweetened) or alcohol. The specialist mentions an article published in the Journal Stroke suggesting that the people who drank artificially sweetened beverages had a higher risk incidence of stroke and dementia. He recommends the Mediterranean diet. Although some consider that moderate consumption of red wine may favor the brain, he does not recommend to drink alcohol.