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Update on Vascular Dementia

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Ayesha Khan, Raj N Kalaria, Anne Corbett, Clive Ballard

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-301
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Volume29
Issue number5
DOIs
PublishedSep 2016

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Abstract

Vascular dementia (VaD) is a major contributor to the dementia syndrome and is described as having problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, and memory caused by impaired blood flow to the brain and damage to the blood vessels resulting from events such as stroke. There are a variety of etiologies that contribute to the development of vascular cognitive impairment and VaD, and these are often associated with other dementia-related pathologies such as Alzheimer disease. The diagnosis of VaD is difficult due to the number and types of lesions and their locations in the brain. Factors that increase the risk of vascular diseases such as stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking also raise the risk of VaD. Therefore, controlling these risk factors can help lower the chances of developing VaD. This update describes the subtypes of VaD, with details of their complex presentation, associated pathological lesions, and issues with diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

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