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what can be done for a patient in the final stages of vascular dementia?

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 53 years experience
Supportive: therapy helps as well as medications used for dementia . The final stages of vascular dementia is hard to distinguish with the symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia.

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A 39-year-old male asked:

What is vascular dementia?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Confusion: It is confusion and loss of memory based on narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain.
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A 39-year-old male asked:

Is vascular dementia reversible?

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Not much: It is possible to develop or create new circulation, such as unblocking carotid artery, and brains have ways of developing new pathways to compensate, but for the most part we only slow down dementia, not reverse it. Hopefully one day there will be better treatments.
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Are there any drugs specifically for vascular dementia patients?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Not specifically.: The best medicine would be to treat the vascular problem as aggressively as possible. So high blood pressure should be well controlled, etc.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the typical age at which the first signs of vascular dementia appear?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
That depends on: How severe the underlying cardiovascular disease is. But the "typical" age would be 50 or over.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How is vascular dementia different than other types of dementia?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Vascular dementia: Vascular dementia may overlap with other types of dementia such as alzheimer's, but results from damage to, or blockages in, blood vessels that nourish the brain. This leads to tiny "infarcts" or deaths of nerve cells in the brain. People with hypertension and/or arteriosclerotic narrowing of these blood vessels are vulnerable to such changes, which happen in a stair-step process over time.

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