Brain & Nervous System

As you age, your brain changes, which may affect how it works. Learn about common brain disorders that your primary care doctor may treat in the office. Your doctor may also refer you to a neurologist or other specialist for the evaluation and treatment of some of these conditions.

If you do not see a topic of interest to you, please try the A to Z listing of health conditions.

recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Alzheimer’s Disease
Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness
Parkinson's Disease
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I have carotid endarterectomy for stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
Should I put my loved one who has had a stroke in a nursing home?
Should I put my relative with Alzheimer's or other dementia in a nursing home?
tests & procedures

Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Angiography of the Head and Neck
CT Scan of Head and Face
Doppler Ultrasound
Magnetic Resonance Angiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Head
Mental Status Exam

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z.

Caregiver Tips
Coronary Artery Disease
Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo
High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
High Cholesterol
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just select your medications to learn more about them. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

Administration on Aging
Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
American Parkinson Disease Association
American Stroke Association
MEDLINEplus—Brain and Nervous System Topics
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Parkinson Foundation

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

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Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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