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What is vascular dementia? 

What is vascular dementia? 

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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What causes vascular dementia?

What causes vascular dementia?

Damage to blood flow: The vascular system supplies the brain with oxygen and nutrients through the blood system or vasculature. When the vasculature system is negatively impacted it can lead to cell death and if enough damage occurs then one deveops vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Is vascular dementia hereditary?

Is vascular dementia hereditary?

Vascular Dementia: Major risk factors are advancing age, with cardiovascular problems, cholesterol, sugar problems, smoking & alcohol. ...Read more

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Is vascular dementia reversible?

Is vascular dementia reversible?

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. ...Read more

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Can vascular dementia be reversible?

Can vascular dementia be reversible?

Possibly: Depending on the level, location, severity of the vascular lesions or cerebral insults, there is a possibility that some sxs will be reversed somewhat or improved; the brain can compensate at times for vascular insults; however, the key element is treating the underlying diseases such as hypertension and weight and removing high risk behaviors such as smoking. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of vascular dementia?

What are symptoms of vascular dementia?

Step down process: Vascular dementia is caused by poor circulation to parts of the brain caused by ongoing "mini-strokes" that occur. Alzheimer's dementia is a chronic gradual decline, whereas vascular dementia can have sudden decreases in physical and cognitive functioning. Like walking down the stairs. They may be stable, sharp decline, stable, sharp decline etc. ...Read more

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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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Please describe what vascular dementia is?

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. ...Read more

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Has anyone else ever had vascular dementia?

Has anyone else ever had vascular dementia?

Common: At least in western society, vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia. It is estimated that about 1.5% of the population at any one time has vascular dementia. ...Read more

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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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