Neurology Institute of Huntsville, Inc.
Board-Certified Neurologists located in Huntsville, AL
While everyone has occasional, temporary memory lapses, like forgetting where you put your keys, more serious memory issues are cause for concern. Jitesh Kar, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologist, provides expert memory testing at the Neurology Institute of Huntsville in Huntsville, Alabama. He evaluates your memory and cognitive function to help diagnose underlying conditions like dementia or brain damage. If you're concerned about your memory, call the Neurology Institute of Huntsville, or schedule memory testing online today.
Memory Testing Q&A
What is memory testing?
Memory testing evaluates your short and long-term memory and other cognitive functions. These tests identify gaps in your memory and help diagnose conditions like dementia, brain injury, and damage from a stroke.
Why should I have memory testing?
If you have memory lapses that affect your quality of life or overall health, like forgetting to take your medication or eat, schedule memory testing to find out what's causing your symptoms. Some of the warning signs of memory loss include:
- Repeating questions
- Forgetting words
- Mixing up words
- Taking longer to complete familiar tasks
- Misplacing objects
- Getting lost in familiar areas
- Abnormal mood changes
For example, if you have a noticeable change in your memory or thinking, contact Dr. Kar at the Neurology Institute of Huntsville. Identifying issues, like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and brain injury or damage, is critical to getting the treatment you need.
How should I prepare for memory testing?
Dr. Kar provides specific instructions on preparing for your memory testing. In general, you should make sure that you get a good night's sleep, as fatigue can affect your memory. Don't drink any alcohol the night before your test, either. When you wake up, have a nutritious and filling breakfast.
Talk to Dr. Kar about any medications you take regularly. He might request that you don't take certain medicines before your test. He also needs to know if you've had a stroke or a head injury that could affect your ability to complete the test.
What happens during memory testing?
During a memory test, you meet with Dr. Kar for a 30-45 minute consultation. He reviews your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms. Then, you start the testing process, which can take several hours.
Some tests are on paper, while others require a computer. The tests evaluate your short and long-term memory, problem-solving skills, and language skills. They also assess how quickly you can identify and process information. All of these factors contribute to your memory. You also have verbal testing wherein you repeat lists of words, numbers, or complete sentences.
If you're concerned about your memory, call the Neurology Institute of Huntsville, or schedule a consultation online, to learn more about memory testing and if it's right for you.
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