Show: August 18, 2013:
- How is Alzheimerís research benefitting from the X Prize?
- Does aging affect sleeping?
- What role do nurses play in patient independence?
- Does anesthesia cause dementia in elderly patients?
- How can we help the elderly make ethical medical decisions?
- Can meditation help with loneliness?
- Should you go to the ER or not?
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Does anesthesia cause dementia in elderly patients?
Interview: David Warner, M.D., professor of anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic.
Since the advent of anesthesia many people have believed that anesthesia has increased an elderly patientís risk of developing dementia. Recent research by the Mayo Clinic and David Warner, M.D., and his team found that though receiving anesthesia after age 45 can cause cognitive decline, it does not raise the risk of developing dementia. Dr. Warner advises patients to talk with their surgeons and anesthesiologists about ways to address cognitive dysfunction after receiving anesthesia. Dr. Warner also suggests that patients and their physicians consider less invasive procedures, or using regional anesthesia for pain relief to reduce the amount of general anesthesia needed.