What Is Vascular Dementia?

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Vascular dementia is a group of conditions that cause a decline in cognitive skills. People with the condition have problems with reasoning, judgment, and memory. These changes can occur suddenly, or they may be mild and go unnoticed at first. What are the symptoms? Though symptoms vary depending on many factors, the most common symptoms of vascular dementia are:
  • confusion and memory problems
  • difficulty paying attention and focusing
  • being easily agitated or upset
  • unsteady gait
  • difficulty controlling urination or needing to urinate frequently
What are the stages?
  • The first stage--mild cognitive impairment. People are aware that their memory and mental capabilities are not what they once were. While it may be hard to diagnose vascular dementia at this stage.
  • Advanced vascular dementia. A severe stroke that leaves the brain without oxygen and blood for an extended period of time can cause dramatic changes in cognitive and physical capabilities.
What are the causes?
  • Stroke (infarction) blocking a brain artery. In fact, stroke is a common cause of vascular dementia
  • Narrowed or chronically damaged brain blood vessels
Besides, there are some risk factors:
  • Increasing age
  • History of heart attack, strokes
  • Abnormal aging of blood vessels
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Atrial fibrillation
The health of your brain's blood vessels is closely linked to your overall heart health. So take some preventions before the early symptoms appear. If, unfortunately, you notice these symptoms, turn to a doctor as soon as possible.   Keywords: vascular dementia it, vascular dementia stages life expectancy
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Has anyone ever done a study on the effects of cholesterol medicine and dementia.try it!!! Discouraged to realize money over quantity of life... losing a family member...
Yes some analysis found that long-term use of the cholesterol-lowering statins, for more than a year, reduced the risk of dementia by 29 percent.
I am not sure about that study, our brings as best as I know, are mostly made up of cholesterol and why would taking a med that reduces cholesterol make it better? Seems like it would make it worse.
I agree that our body cells are made up of cholesterol. However, we are here talking about excessive cholesterol instead of normal cholesterol. Doctors would generally only put patients with high cholesterol on statins. Too much cholesterol blocks our vessels
Vascular dementia is characterized by loss of memory and difficulty with reasoning and problem-solving and other mental activities. These symptoms are due to brain damage caused by reduced supply of blood in the brain. It occurs after a person has experienced major health attacks such as stroke. It is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease.

There are no definite drugs approved by experts for vascular dementia yet. The signs of vascular dementia may call for different forms of treatment. The most efficient way to prevent the condition from worsening is to control the risk factors. This may delay the development of the condition, even though it does not fully take it away.

Some ways to help prevent the risk factors from developing is through any of the following:

Maintain a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol level.

Avoid vices such as alcohol and smoking to avoid further damaging the immunity of the body.

Do physical exercise as often as possible.

Avoid food and practices that may progress the cause of dementia (such as avoiding eating sweets for those with diabetes).
I am a 72 year oid white male in good physical heal. However, I noticed a loss of memory about 6 months ago. Note I am an LCSW working with elderly population along with seeing varied mental health patients in private practice. My loss of memory progressed to the point that forced me to retire abouy 3 months ago. I have since been diagnosed with multi-infarct type 2 dementia. I have suffered from severe depression for over 20 years following loss of business (amounting to approximately $10,000). I think that I suffer from pseudo-demential caused by my long term major depression resulting in loss of meory. I am ADD as well but don't take medication except on spcial occasions> have taken 2MRI at separate time periods as well as PET test. Nothing showed up on any of these tests. How do I find psychiatrist that speclizes in SPECT Imaginh/  My phone number is: (863)260-2309. I will be ent in
Hi, how was the multi-infarct dementia diagnosed?  By CT scans? Do you have risks for multi-infarct dementia, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or atherosclerosis? If you have multi-infarct dementia, then why the MRI was negative? Why do you think that a SPECT imaging would be helpful?
Dr. Daniel Amen specializes in brain spect imaging
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