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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?

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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Dr. Qamar Khan
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