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Vascular dementia- does it get worse with time. Any treatment?

Vascular dementia- does it get worse with time. Any treatment?

Usuaally: Vascular dementia worsens with each stroke that someone has. Currently the treatments are the same as those for alzheimers. Certain symptoms like depression, delusions and delirium are quite common. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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Is vascular dementia worse than alzheimer’s at the end stage?

Is vascular dementia worse than alzheimer’s at the end stage?

Depends: Vascular dementia can totally wipe out all conscious activity and render someone into a permanent vegetative state--not unlike what one might see with a case of severely advanced alzheimer's. However, while vascular dementia can be significantly less severe, alzheimer's, when left to follow its own natural progression, generally proceeds to a severely advanced and debilitated state. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about vascular dementia?

Can you tell me about vascular dementia?

Variable picture: Vascular dementia is the result of pathological changes in the blood vessels of the brain that leads to decrease or total interruption blood supply to parts of the brain. The sufferer may never have a stroke or tia. The deficits are usually due to changes in small vessels. The symptoms and progression are variable. Prevention depends on managing vascular risk factors. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about vascular dementia?

What can you tell me about vascular dementia?

Lots: Here's a source you can dig into: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vascular_dementia Function loss often appears suddenly following a stroke or TIA. It can then stay stable or even improve a bit until another TIA brings more losses. The location in the brain is reflected in the loss seen. Read here and ask your Dr for more info. Best! ...Read more

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Vascular dementia's regressive behavior, is it reversible?

Vascular dementia's regressive behavior, is it reversible?

No: Unfortunately it cannot be cured. It can be controlled however, to some extent. Treatment is very individualized. Drugs such as nemenda and Aricept (donepezil) can sow the progress. Drugs such as Alprazolam or antipsychotics can alter the behavior. ...Read more

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

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

That depends on: How severe the underlying cardiovascular disease is. But the "typical" age would be 50 or over. ...Read more

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How do you distinguish between vascular dementia and alzheimers?

How do you distinguish between vascular dementia and alzheimers?

Not easy: Clinically, alzheimer's tends to be a smooth decline over time, while vascular dementia declines in steps, as small regions of the brain lose function. Neuropsychological testing may lend evidence for, but not prove, one cause or the other. A definitive diagnosis can only be made by brain biopsy (which is rarely done), or at autopsy. ...Read more

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Can you remember things that happen in mimi stroke. I also have vascular dementia?

probably yes: Although you do seem to possess dementia caused by small strokes, you likely may be aware of many of your vascular attacks. But there are silent areas of brain, and some strokes are unnoticeable, even in otherwise normal patients. ...Read more

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Is vascular dementia and alzheimer's the same disease?

Is vascular dementia and alzheimer's the same disease?

No: Vascular dementia is due to multiple infarcts of the brain from abnormalities in blood vessels. Alzheimer's is a degenerative neurologic disease with plaques and abnormal protein deposition. ...Read more

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The doctor thinks it's vascular dementia. What is this?

The doctor thinks it's vascular dementia. What is this?

Not Alzheimer's: Vascular dementia is also called multi-infarct dementia. It can be the result of many mini strokes in different parts of the brain. Also other restriction of blood flow to the brain can be the cause. Memory and other cognitive abilities are affected, depending on where the damage occurs. ...Read more

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Alzheimer's or vascular dementia, how to tell the difference?

Alzheimer's or vascular dementia, how to tell the difference?

Good question: The answer is too complex for a quickie but ad is a slower but definite progression until death. Vd is often sudden (stroke) but if no further strokes occur, may not progress or plateaus between. Many more differences covered well here: http://www.Alzheimers.Org.Uk/site/scripts/documents_info.Php?Documentid=133 best! ...Read more

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What's the difference between Alzheimer's and vascular dementia?

Pathogenesis: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neuro-degenrative disorder. Vascular dementias are the result of multiple infarcts in the brain due to diseases of blood vessels. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference alzheimer's or vascular dementia?

How do you know the difference alzheimer's or vascular dementia?

Course of illness: Alzheimer's is a very slow gradual process over time, usually manifesting as deficits in short-term memory and executive function. Vascular dementia is usually a step-wise decline involving various areas of the brain unequally. Many cases can be mixed, having both elements of cerebrovascular disease and the plaque/tangle pathology of alzheimer's. ...Read more

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Are vascular dementia and alzheimer's essentially the same disease?

Are vascular dementia and alzheimer's essentially the same disease?

No!: Vascular dementia is a problem with the blood vessels in the brain that cause brain cell death. Alzheimer's is caused by the development of plaques in the brain. ...Read more

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In what ways does vascular dementia differ from alzheimer's disease?

In what ways does vascular dementia differ from alzheimer's disease?

Strokes in VaD: Alzheimer's and vascular dementia (VAD) frequently co-exist. The main evidence for VAD is based on clinical or radiological evidence for stroke. ...Read more

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What are the differences between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

The course of illnes: Is one of the major differences. Vascular dementia shows a stepwise loss of memory and function, while alzheimer's course is slowly progressive. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my grandmother has alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia?

How can I tell if my grandmother has alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia?

Doctor: Schedule an appointment with her doctor or go with her to her next doctor appointment. Discuss your concerns with her doctor and he/she will be able to evaluate by medical history and doing a dementia work up if indicated. Her doctor will also be able to refer to a neurologist and/or neuropsychologist for further evaluation/treatment as needed. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

What is the main difference  between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

The course: Vascular dementia may be caused by small strokes from which the person may partially recover. So the course of vascular dementia is like a staircase. Alzheimer's disease is usually more gradual progression of dementia although people may have good and bad days. ...Read more

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I don't understand how to distinguish between Alzheimer's and vascular dementia?

The course of these: Dementias is quite different as are the causes and treatments. Vascular dementia exhibits a stepwise course while alzheimer's is characterized by a slow and steady progression of memory loss. ...Read more

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She does have blockage in her neck he is thinking vascular dementia. What is this?

She does have blockage in her neck he is thinking vascular dementia. What is this?

A type of dementia: Vd differs from alzheimer's in that it may have a sudden onset and stabilize there or only advance with further vascular incidents. The signs might not be memory, but loss of function of the area injured by the 'stroke'. Ask the doctor to explain what he means so you and she can both understand if possible. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Maureen Nash
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