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Alzheimer’s is a significant illness in the United States. Every 65 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease. In fact, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and currently, about 5.7 million Americans are living with it.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that slowly and irreversibly destroys the mind, causing extreme memory loss and a decrease in thinking ability. There’s no known cause of Alzheimer’s, but factors like age, family history, and genetics are known to increase someone’s risk of developing it.
While often Alzheimer’s and dementia are typically referred to as the same, they are actually different. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, making up for approximately 60% to 80% of all dementia cases. But dementia is technically a nonreversible decline in mental function, not a disease. Dementia is a description of a range of symptoms that affect someone’s ability to perform simple, everyday tasks. Symptoms of dementia include memory loss, poor judgment and reasoning, less able to focus, and changes in things like thinking skills and communication skills.
Our CNI Board Certified neurosurgeons world revolves around the nervous system. With over 80 years combined experience Drs. Faircloth, Flotte, Middleton, and Tyler apply the same delicate techniques we use on the brain, to your neck and spine. By approaching problems in the least invasive manner available, we are able to protect normal tissue, so patients experience less postoperative pain.
Our board certified neurologists Drs. Hecker, Foster, Friedman, Manley, Markle, and Oztas have specialized training in diagnosing and treating diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles. CNI neurologists work with each patient and their family to customize a care plan that is specific to them.
With 50 years of combined experience our neurologists have been providing quality medical care and treating patients in an eight county area, from North West Florida to the Mississippi Coast.