Vascular Dementia

General Information

  • Cerebrovascular disease is an aging-related biological process in which blood vessels in the brain become damaged and result in a diminished supply of oxygen to brain tissues.
  • When brain tissue is deprived of oxygen, problems in memory and other brain functions occur.

Brain Changes in Vascular Dementia

  • People with vascular dementia show evidence of cerebrovascular disease in the brain
  • “Pure” vascular dementia makes up about 5 percent to 10 percent of people, however it is more common for people with cerebrovascular disease in the brain to have a mixture of brain change that is consistent with both cerebrovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease

Signs and Symptoms of Vascular Dementia

  • Impaired judgment or reduce decision-making ability and problems in being able to plan or organize is likely to be the initial symptom of vascular dementia