Patients diagnosed with Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) experience the same type of symptoms as patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The key difference is that many of the initial symptoms relate to movement and and disruption of the autonomic nervous system instead of memory.
Key difference between Alzheimer’s and DLB include:
- Memory loss is more common in the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease than it is with DLB.
- Patients diagnosed with DLB experience more problems with walking, balance, and mobility in the early stages of their diagnosis than patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
- REM sleep disorder and hallucinations, delusions, and misidentification of familiar people are more frequent in patients with early stages of DLB versus Alzheimer’s.
- It is more common that patients in early stages of DLB will have a disruption of the autonomic nervous system than a patient with early stages of Alzheimer’s. This disruption can cause a blood pressure drop on standing, dizziness, falls and urinary incontinence.
At Complete Brain Center, we work with world renowned researchers in Dementia to provide the latest treatment options for symptoms of Dementia with Lewy Bodies. We take a customized approach with each of our patients to ensure that their treatment protocol doesn’t just consist of a prescription, but a lifestyle change that can provide additional benefit to patients and their families.