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COPD and Memory Loss

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Scientific Findings about COPD and Memory Loss

In the 1990s researchers at the Mayo Clinic studied the connection between lung function and dementia risk. Since then, more recent studies have indicated an increased risk of memory loss and dementia as a result of diminished lung function and chronic lung disease. A 15-year study published in 2011 suggested that reduced lung function increases risk for dementia. The study included nearly 11,000 people and repeated lung function tests and cognitive assessments. When all was said and done, the study confirmed that lung function has a significant impact on cognitive function.

One study, called Cognitive-pulmonary Disease, stated that

“patients with COPD may have cognitive impairment, either globally or in single cognitive domains, such as information processing, attention and concentration, memory…”

The suspected culprits are hypoxemia, a low blood oxygen level, hypercapnia (increased carbon dioxide content in the blood—a common side effect of smoking and COPD), and/or structural brain damage. The result is that white matter integrity has been lost, which also can be brought on by smoking cigarettes.

Breathe More Easily–Think More Clearly

The results of studies like these have led scientists to examine the relationship between smoking and cognitive ability, as well as the relationship between COPD and dementia. The strong correlation between COPD, cognitive ability and dementia begs the question of whether smoking cessation could not only lower the risk of developing chronic lung disease, but also decrease the chance of developing dementia. Future research may determine the relationship between maintaining good lung health and the likelihood of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Could treating chronic lung disease not only improve lung function and quality of life, but also help maintain healthy cognition?

Take Action

Lung disease is stressful enough without the added worry of associated memory loss. Every day the Lung Institute helps patients with lung disease reach their goal of having a better quality of life. To date we have treated over 1000 people using stem cell therapyContact us by calling (800) 729-3065 to speak with a patient coordinator about how stem cell therapy may be an option for you at one of our multiple clinic locations.

 

4 Comments

  1. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Lori,

    Thanks for your comment and question. To answer your question in more detail, it’s best to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, cost and candidacy, and they are happy to answer your questions and discuss options. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Lori Bonds

    5 months ago

    My father has COPD caused by long term smoking as well as asbestosis from his time in the Navy. He is 74 and has increasingly bad short term memory loss. Could he possibly benefit from stem cell therapy?

  3. Maren Auxier

    1 year ago

    Hi Joanne,

    Stem cell therapy may help if you have emphysema. Please contact one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 and they’d be happy to go over your specific condition to help determine if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy.

    Thanks,

    Maren

  4. Joanne Sutherland

    1 year ago

    Does the stem cell therapy help clean up your lungs damaged by emphysema?

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