An Overview of Vascular Dementia

Vascular dementia is one of the most common types of dementia.  The term refers to cognitive problems resulting from brain damage caused by impaired blood flow to the brain. Strokes are a common trigger for the development of vascular dementia, but it can also result from other conditions that damage blood vessels, such as hypertension. While there is no cure, proper treatment can help prevent or delay the negative effects.

Symptoms of vascular dementia include:

• Confusion

• Trouble organizing or planning

• Decline in communication skills

• Memory issues

• Restlessness

• Irritability

• Frequent urges to urinate

• Depression

• Unsteady gait

If symptoms start to appear after a stroke, that makes it easier to identify vascular dementia. These symptoms are also common with other types of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s dementia. In fact, it’s not uncommon for both conditions to exist simultaneously. Consult your primary care physician if you have reason to be concerned about dementia of any kind.

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