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How to ensure that your brain has no abnormal developments or serious issues?

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Sometimes there are close to no symptoms that your brain can have any serious issues. Our lifestyle, stress at work, personal problems, acquired brain injuries (injuries that are not instant but are acquired over a long period of time due to certain stress and psychological reasons). Even your own negative thoughts can be the reason for acquired brain injury.  Symptoms are sometimes not very much visible and can lead to disastrous health conditions. To prevent yourself from such condition you should consult an expert if you have experienced any of the symptoms like fatigue, vertigo, mental confusion, balance disorder, blurred speech, and sleepiness. 

Risks Of Brain Disorders

Risks of brain problemsBrain disorders can lead to severe health conditions depending on the genetics, environment in which person is living and other medical history of the patient. Risks are higher for patients of older age.

How to diagnose brain disorders?

Doctors generally study fluid from brain and spinal cord to find out if there are any infections in brain, bleeding or any other abnormal developments in brain.

Tests on vision, hearing and body balance are also performed to diagnose neurological issues. A thorough diagnosis of brain may also be needed by doctor to find out issues using imaging technologies such as MRI scanning, ct scan or PET scan. Cost of MRI scan is highest compared to other imaging technologies.

Brain Diseasse

Some of the brain diseases are not very complicated and people live normal life in spite of having the disorder but other brain disorder that happen because of some neurodegenerative diseases or traumatic brain injuries, have no cure.

Since there is no cure to some of these diseases, treatment involves training of the patient to effectively live with the disease and behave normally. Patients with these diseases are also trained to live on their own by building up their confidence.







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posted Dec 29, 2016 by 3h Care

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