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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.

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Infarction (Definition)

When the blood supply of a tissue is compromised by whatever mechanism, the tissue will stop working and if blood flow is not restored, the tissue will eventually die ("infarct", both verb and noun). The clinical picture that runs with development of an infarct ("heart attack"; ...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.

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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.

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Who gets multi-infarct dementia?

Who gets multi-infarct dementia?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Multi infarct stroke dementia patient, will stopping ssri antidepressant have a negative impact after some time and patient has shown improvement? Is it addictive or have a downer. Any ALT antidep's?

Multi infarct stroke dementia patient, will stopping ssri antidepressant have a negative impact after some time and patient has shown improvement? Is it addictive or have a downer. Any ALT antidep's?

Vascular dementia: These days multi infarct dementia is referred to as vascular dementia. After a stroke there is evidence that ssri antidepressants help prevent post stroke depression. There is a little but not a lot of evidence that ssris help those with vascular dementia. Ssris are not addictive. For specific advice about using any antidepressant it would be best to see a mental health expert.

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What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

Support groups: A support group for caregivers of dementia patients or alzheimer's patients can be very helpful. There you can find out from others what their troubles have been and what they have tried. The alzheimer's association or the alzheimer's foundation of america have good online websites with information that often applies to all types of dementia including multiinfarct or vascular dementia.

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What tests can we do to check effect of dabigatran on patient with heart problems, multi infarct stroke dementia? Recently moved to d'tran from warfarin after stroke. Any interaction with antideprests

What tests can we do to check effect of dabigatran on patient with heart problems, multi infarct stroke dementia? Recently moved to d'tran from warfarin after stroke. Any interaction with antideprests

Yes but not readily: There is a test that measures dagtriban but not readily available. You can see if someone is toxic by looking at inr and if >1 than dose maybe high.

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Are there any non standard or special new treatments for multi infarct stroke dementia patient with loss of memory, cognitive functions?

Are there any non standard or special new treatments for multi infarct stroke dementia patient with loss of memory, cognitive functions?

No: At the present time, there is no new or novel treatment in patients who already had a stroke. There is only prevention of future strokes.

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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