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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.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Caused by a stroke: Most people think of vascular dementia as memory and other brain impairments leading to dementia caused by one or more large strokes. There is another condition related to chronic small damage to the brain ultimately leading to dementia, this used to be called multi-infarct dementia though this phrase isn't used much anymore.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Vascular dementia: Is a different type of dementia caused by strokes or small vessel disease. This type of dementia causes a stepwise decline rather than a slow progression.

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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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What are symptoms of vascular dementia?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Can include more but: The symptoms include significant difficulty learning new information or recalling previously learned information. In addition, they can have problems with language, problems moving, difficulty recognizing or naming objects, and all sorts of problems with what is called "executive functioning" (planning, organizing, etc.). All these changes represent a big decline from previous functioning.
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What causes vascular dementia?

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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Lots of contributors: Hypertension, heart disease and diabetes are medical illnesses which contribute. Certainly lifestyle issues such as smoking and alchol can contribute. Vascular dementia can involve lareger strokes with obvious immediate changes, or microvascular changes or "mini-strokes" which can cause increased impairment usually in memory and executive functions over time.
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Perfect! VaD also a leading driver of apathy syndromes.
May 28, 2015
A 48-year-old member asked:

Please describe what vascular dementia is?

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Dr. Peter Forster
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Mini strokes: Vascular dementia refers to a kind of dementia that is caused by problems with the blood vessels in the brain (usually plaque formation, just as in cardiac disease) which results in loss of brain tissue due to lack of adequate oxygen and blood flow. In a sense it is like having very tiny strokes.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is vascular dementia hereditary?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Vascular Dementia: Major risk factors are advancing age, with cardiovascular problems, cholesterol, sugar problems, smoking & alcohol.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Some contributing health conditions have genetic linkage, but lifestyle choices also contribute substantially (alcohol, tobacco, activity, etc.).
Sep 13, 2013

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