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What is multi-infarct dementia?

What is multi-infarct dementia?

Many small strokes: Multiple small "lacunar infarcts" can add up and create a picture very similar to alzheimers, and result in significant cognitive problems. Need to treat the dementia with meds, but also prevent further strokes with meds. Complex, so need fairly thorough evaluation and treatments. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control ...Read more


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How is multi-infarct dementia found?

How is multi-infarct dementia found?

Thorough Evaluation: Tests determine whether other medical problems could be causing dementia, such as anemia, brain tumor, chronic infection, drug and medication intoxication, severe depression, thyroid disease, vitamin deficiency. Neuropsychological testing is helpful to find out what parts of thinking have been affected, and to guide other tests. Tests also can include a head ct scan and MRI of the brain. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic Dr. Machanic
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Mixed dementia (Tip)

The key issue is to prevent additional strokes, and in most cases, use effective anti-platelet drug. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Living with Multi Infarct Dementia (Checklist)

Make sure to keep chair transfers close to bed
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Use fall prevention
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Who gets multi-infarct dementia?

People who have: Circulatory problems in the brain are the people who get multi-infarct dementia. ...Read more

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Mixed dementia (Tip)

Make sure to have a medic alert bracelet on with the person's name and allergies. ...See more

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How's multi-infarct dementia diagnosed?

How's multi-infarct dementia diagnosed?

All illness are : Diagnosed on the basis of history and physical exam, including required testing. ...Read more

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How multi-infarct dementia interfere safety needs?

See below: The safety needs of the patient need to be assessed based on the stages of dementia. This process is continuous. If patient is still at home, home visits should be made to ensure that there is enough food, medication is taken on time, the environment is safe. If person is at the nursing facility, usually facilities have protocols in place to ensure the safety of the patient. ...Read more

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Mixed dementia (Tip)

Herbal supplements can interfere with prescribed medications; if you use them tell your doctor. ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: multi infarct dementia?

What is the definition or description of: multi infarct dementia?

Due to strokes: "dementia" is loss of cognitive faculties to less than a person's previous baseline leading to an inability to function independently. "multi-infarct" means multiple strokes, usually caused by blockage of circulation in discrete areas of the brain resulting in dead brain cells and/or their connections to other brain cells. Multi-infarct dementia may be patchy in what works and what doesn't. ...Read more

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What is treatment for multi-infarct dementia?

What is treatment for multi-infarct dementia?

Two things:: First and foremost, control the underlying contributing factors to the strokes, ie: the high blood pressure or cholesterol or smoking, etc. Secondly is to treat the dementia by increasing acetylcholine in the brain with aricept, etc and to decrease glutamate with namenda (memantine). ...Read more

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Mixed dementia (Tip)

Get help caring for the person, especially as the disease progresses. ...See more

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What is the treatment for multi-infarct dementia?

What is the treatment for multi-infarct dementia?

First, catch cause: After that there are multiple significant approaches, but time cannot be underestimated. ...Read more

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Cause and treatment of multi infarct dementia?

Cause and treatment of multi infarct dementia?

Stroke is: The cause of multi-infarct dementia. Management is to prevent other strokes from occurring. See doctor regularly to keep blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes (if you have it) under good control. If abnormal heart rhythm (atrial fibrillation) is present, then would need blood thinner to prevent blood clots in heart which can lead to stroke. ...Read more

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How might multi-infarct dementia forgetfulness interfere with safety needs?

See below: Poor safety awareness is due to poor insight, judgment and planning. This person may have a lack of initiation before doing anything. Perhaps a neuropsychological evaluation or geriatric assessment would be helpful. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have multi infarct dementia? I have symptoms of memory loss?

How can I tell if I have multi infarct dementia? I have symptoms of memory loss?

See Neurologist: Studies like MRI of the head, neuro-psychological tests. May help..The important thing is an evaluation by a neurologist or a psyvhiatrist. ...Read more

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How might forgetfulness from multi-infarct dementia interfere with elder safety needs?

How might forgetfulness from multi-infarct dementia interfere with elder safety needs?

Particularly if : Short term memory is effected, the older person may not remember they left the stove on, or may not remember they need to use a walker. ...Read more

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Would you prescribe piracetam to someone with multi-infarct dementia (88y female)?

Would you prescribe piracetam to someone with multi-infarct dementia (88y female)?

Piracetam: No. Piracetam was one of the first drugs used for dementia and comes from the class of drugs called nootropics, whose actions are still poorly defined. Most of the trials of piracetam were undertaken many years ago and did not use methods which would be currently considered standard. Some of the studies suggested there may be some benefit from piracetam but overall the evidence is not consistent. ...Read more

Dr. Kecia Smette
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Multi Infarct Dementia (Definition)

Mixed dementia is a condition in which abnormalities characteristic of more than one type ...Read more