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Symptoms of Vascular Dementia

Symptoms of Vascular Dementia: Introduction

The symptoms of vascular dementia generally develop gradually and subtly in progressive steps. Sometimes there is a mild improvement of symptoms before another stroke or TIA causes further deterioration. However, symptoms and progression of vascular dementia vary depending on what area or areas of the brain are affected and how many infarcts have occurred in the brain. Other factors affecting the nature of symptoms include age, medical history, and coexisting diseases.

Symptoms of vascular dementia include mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral manifestations. Symptoms of vascular dementia include problems with memory, slowed thinking and learning, confusion, depression, language and speech problems, difficulty with organizational skills, and mood and personality changes. People with vascular dementia may also wander and get lost and experience hallucinations and delusions. Physical symptoms can include dizziness, problems with balance and falling, incontinence, shuffling type of gait, tremors, and weakness of the extremities.

Eventually, physical and cognitive symptoms can make it difficult then impossible to function effectively and safely in daily life. This can lead to disability and the need for supervised nursing care.

Early symptoms of vascular dementia can be subtle and similar to those of the normal aging process. However, in the normal aging process, the accuracy of memory or thoughts does not decline, just the speed. For example, people who are experiencing changes in the brain due to the normal aging process might take longer to remember a familiar person's name, but they generally will remember it. In contrast, a person with vascular dementia develops progressive memory problems that are severe enough to impact daily functioning....more about Vascular Dementia »

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The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Vascular Dementia. This signs and symptoms information for Vascular Dementia has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Vascular Dementia signs or Vascular Dementia symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Vascular Dementia may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Vascular Dementia symptoms.

 

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