How beneficial is oxygen for vascular dementia?

Not helpful. Vascular dementia is caused by multiple strokes, usually each fairly small, and best to protect with an anti platelet drug, such as clopidigrel, or aggrenox. But, many older pts also, have mixed dementia, alzheimer's plus vascular problems. Symptomatic relief may require galanttamine or donepezil.
Not much. Vascular dementia is caused most commonly by small strokes and oxygen would help only in the acute phase.
No. Make sure if vascular dementia is diagnosed inyour family, that your blood pressure is alright. If you have a family history of vascular dementia and do not take care of your high blood pressure, you are more likely to get vascular dementia eventuallly than the average person. This is something you can totally avoid.

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How do I know if it is vascular dementia or something else?

Can be hard to know. If dementia occurs in the context of cerebrovascular disease (strokes, tias), especially if the deficits correlate with known anatomical lesions, it is presumed vascular. Neuropsych testing may add evidence (or not). Vascular dementia also tends to progress in discrete steps, rather than continuously. There are many causes of dementia; some can be hard to diagnose in the living patient. Read more...
May need expert. For a specific diagnosis, it is best to see someone experienced with that type of illness. A geriatric psychiatrist or a neurologist experienced with dementia may be the best person or you can check with the person's primary care provider. Read more...

For what reasons might vascular dementia continue to get worse?

Vascular dementia. There are two common reasons - the first is related to not stopping or being able to reverse the vascular damage that has occurred. Often people have uncontrolled hypertension or inflammatory changes that go unchecked. The second reason is that aging does alter other functions in the brain, including health of blood vessels and neurons and supporting cells. Adds to deficits. Read more...
Vary greatly. It all depends on the underlying state of health, real time care being provided, compliance with medication, rapid treatment of new conditions, compliance with, and side effects of medications; nutritional issues, preventing falls, etc... Read more...

How is vascular dementia different than other types of dementia?

Vascular dementia. Vascular dementia may overlap with other types of dementia such as alzheimer's, but results from damage to, or blockages in, blood vessels that nourish the brain. This leads to tiny "infarcts" or deaths of nerve cells in the brain. People with hypertension and/or arteriosclerotic narrowing of these blood vessels are vulnerable to such changes, which happen in a stair-step process over time. Read more...
Vascular dementia. Is caused by underlying blood vessel (vascular) problems in the brain. And the course of the illness is a stepwise progression rather than a slowly progressive one. Read more...

Can vascular dementia type symptoms can be purely psychological?

No. Cortical dementia is many types. Degenerative dementia is the most common type. Vascular dementia is in about 15% of all dementia and ranks after degenrative dementia. It is called multi-infacrt dementia. It is the product not taking care of lowering high blood pressure over the years. It is not reversible dementia. Only reversible dementia is vitamin b12and Folic Acid defiency dementia. Read more...
Unlikely. Would be nice if it were as that could easily be treated. Certainly all dementias have emotional and behavioural symptoms as a part of the process. However, multiple strokes are never psychological. Read more...

Are there any drugs specifically for vascular dementia patients?

Not specifically. The best medicine would be to treat the vascular problem as aggressively as possible. So high blood pressure should be well controlled, etc. Read more...
Not FDA approved. There are no drugs fda approved for vascular dementia(vad). However, the same drugs used for alzheimers disease are also generally used fpr vad. Read more...

What can be done for a patient in the final stages of vascular dementia?

Supportive. therapy helps as well as medications used for dementia . The final stages of vascular dementia is hard to distinguish with the symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia. Read more...

How do you know the difference between altzheimers desease and vascular dementia?

Usually history. Vascular dementia usually has significant risk factors such as heart disease and hypertension and tends to follow a step-wise course with what neuroligists and neuropsychologists call localized signs. Findings on ct/mri can also identify recent or old strokes or changes. Alzheimer's is usually a diagnosis of exclusion - other forms of treatable dementia are ruled out. Meds may slow progression. Read more...
History and symptoms. To differentiate betwen 2 types of dementia, we get the most accuarte history of when and how symptoms occurred, look at brain imaging and examine the patient. Alzheimers causes deficits in the temporarl lobes and parietal lobes early on in the illness while vascular dementia causes deficits where the blood supply to the brain is impacted. Many people have a combination of both illnesses. Read more...