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Vascular Dementia -

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Chinese Herb May Help Vascular Dementia

"An extract from the root of an oriental orchid may help some patients with mild vascular dementia."

Widely Used Therapy May Not Be Effective In Treatment Of Acute Stroke

"General use of anticlotting drugs, like low-molecular-weight (LMW) heparinoids, immediately after a stroke has little effect in producing a good outcome or in preventing a second stroke in most patients, according to the results of a large clinical trial published in the April 22, 1998, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association."

From:  http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

What is a stroke?

"Stroke results from interruption of blood flow or bleeding into a specific part of the brain."

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Vascular Dementia:
Vascular dementia:  Stroke risk and sequelae define therapeutic approaches
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"The symptoms of vascular dementia are often distinct from those of Alzheimer's disease. The memory deficits that define Alzheimer's disease are not always observed in the initial stages of vascular dementia, which is usually characterized by greater impairment of executive function. However, increasing evidence supports an involvement of the cholinergic system in vascular dementia similar to that seen in Alzheimer's disease. In this article, Dr Black reviews the pathogenesis and diagnosis of vascular dementia, risk factors for the disease, and current treatment approaches, including possible use of cholinesterase inhibitors."

Vascular Dementia:  A diagnosis of dementia does not always mean an unavoidable decline.

" One of the most feared consequences of aging is dementia, a set of symptoms marked by profound memory loss and impaired thinking. Thanks to a lot of research and public education, most people are aware that dementia is not an inevitable part of growing older. In fact, it is most often the result of a specific illness, Alzheimer's disease, that strikes many-but by no means all-people in their senior years. The bottom line is that aging does not necessarily lead to "senility," unless Alzheimer's or some other disease is present."

Vascular dementia: diagnosis, management and possible prevention

"Developments in the past three decades have led to a radical rethinking of the association between cerebrovascular disease (CVD) and dementia, and set the stage for a reconceptualisation of dementia from vascular causes. We will review recent developments in the concept of vascular dementia (VaD), and discuss its importance as a common, and potentially preventable, form of dementia."

Vascular Dementia:  Caregiving Challenges


Vascular Dementia

"Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer disease (AD). The condition is not a single disease; it is a group of syndromes relating to different vascular mechanisms. Vascular dementia is preventable; therefore, early detection and an accurate diagnosis are important."

Vascular Dementia: Symptoms, Prognosis, and Support

"Vascular dementia can occur quite suddenly or progress slowly over time, and the varying aspects of this disease can prove quite challenging for a caregiver. It can often occur with Alzheimer’s disease, which further complicates its progression."

Vascular Dementia

"Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia, accounting for about 20 per cent of all cases by itself and up to another 20 per cent in combination with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease alone accounts for about 50 per cent."

What is vascular dementia?
"The term ‘dementia’ is used to describe the symptoms that occur when the brain is damaged by specific diseases. These diseases include Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Someone with dementia may have difficulties remembering, solving problems or concentrating. Vascular dementia is a type of dementia caused by problems in the supply of blood in the brain."

Small vessel disease related dementia

"This type of dementia, also known as sub-cortical vascular dementia or, in a severe form, Binswanger’s disease, is caused by damage to tiny blood vessels that lie deep in the brain. The symptoms develop more gradually and are often accompanied by walking problems."


Small, and often unrecognised, strokes involving the white matter of the frontal regions of the brain can produce a clinical syndrome of mild to moderate or severe cognitive impairment and recurrent falling due to gait and balance disturbances.

Vascular cognitive impairment
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry 2005;76(suppl_5):v35-v44; doi:10.1136/jnnp.2005.082313

"Regulatory bodies, which increasingly determine what may be done and to whom, have a tendency to adhere rigidly to published data. If data exist only for advanced disease, then expensive drugs may only be available for advanced disease, at least within guidelines. This important early stage is termed vascular cognitive impairment (VCI). The importance of VCI lies in the fact that vascular disease is the largest single identifiable risk factor for dementia apart from age and the only one currently treatable. Indeed, the concept can be taken further; while the prevention of progression of VCI is analogous to secondary prevention, primary prevention requires the recognition of the presence of risk factors in a susceptible host, termed "brain-at-risk"."




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