Vascular dementia: Spotting the signs
- October 5, 2015
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Uncategorized
Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia, after Alzheimer’s disease, but very few people know exactly what it is or how it differs from other forms of dementia.
To be healthy and function properly, brain cells need a constant supply of blood, which is delivered through a network of vessels called the vascular system. If the blood vessels leak or become blocked, then blood can’t reach the brain cells and they’ll eventually die. It’s the death of brain cells which causes problems with memory, thinking or reasoning (collectively known as cognition).
When these cognitive problems are bad enough to have a significant impact on daily life, it’s known as vascular dementia.
The most common symptoms in the early stages of vascular dementia are problems with planning or organising, making decisions or solving problems, slower speed of thought and problems concentrating, including short periods of sudden confusion.
As well as these cognitive symptoms, it is common for someone with early vascular dementia to experience mood changes, such as apathy, depression or anxiety. But symptoms will be dependent on the underlying causes. For instance, symptoms may develop suddenly after a stroke, or more gradually, such as with small vessel disease.
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