Vascular Dementia

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Vascular Dementia Some symptoms may be similar to those of other types of dementia and usually reflect increasing difficulty to perform everyday activities like eating, dressing, or shopping.
The most common type of vascular dementia is multi-infarct dementia (MID), which is caused by a series of small strokes, or “mini-strokes,” that often go unnoticed. These mini-strokes, also referred to as transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), result in only temporary, partial blockages of blood supply and brief impairments in consciousness or sight. Over time, however, as more areas of the brain become damaged, the symptoms of vascular dementia begin to appear.
Common mental and emotional signs and symptoms of vascular dementia
Slowed thinking

Memory problems; general forgetfulness

Unusual mood changes (e.g. depression, irritability) Hallucinations and delusions

Confusion, which may get worse at night. Personality changes and loss of social skills

Common physical signs and symptoms of vascular dementia
Leg or arm weakness
Moving with rapid, shuffling steps
Balance problems
Loss of bladder or bowel control
Common behavioral signs and symptoms of vascular dementia
Slurred speech
Language problems, such as difficulty finding the right words for things
Getting lost in familiar surroundings
Laughing or crying inappropriately
Difficulty planning, organizing, or following instructions
Difficulty doing things that used to come easily (e.g. paying bills or playing a favorite card game)
Reduced ability to function in daily life
Prevent and treat vascular dementia by reducing your risk for stroke
Know your blood pressure. If high, work with your doctor to lower it.
Find out from your doctor if you have atrial fibrillation.
If you smoke, stop.
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.…...

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