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What causes vascular dementia?

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Vascular dementia happens when vessels that supply blood to the brain become blocked or narrowed. Strokes take place when the supply of blood carrying oxygen to the brain is suddenly cut off. However, not all people with stroke will develop vascular dementia.

Vascular dementia can happen over time as "silent" strokes pile up. Quite often, vascular dementia draws attention to itself only when the impact of so many strokes adds up to significant disability.

From: Vascular Dementia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: "Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help."

Mental Health America: "Factsheet: Multi-infarct Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Vascular Dementia."

University of California, San Francisco, Memory and Aging Center: "Vascular Dementia."

Chapman, D.P. [serial online] April 2006. Preventing Chronic Disease,

National Institute on Aging: "Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet." 

Erkinjuntti, T. , 2004; vol 35: p 1010. Stroke

National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Multi-Infarct Dementia Information Page."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: "Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help."

Mental Health America: "Factsheet: Multi-infarct Dementia."

Alzheimer's Association: "Vascular Dementia."

University of California, San Francisco, Memory and Aging Center: "Vascular Dementia."

Chapman, D.P. [serial online] April 2006. Preventing Chronic Disease,

National Institute on Aging: "Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet." 

Erkinjuntti, T. , 2004; vol 35: p 1010. Stroke

National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Multi-Infarct Dementia Information Page."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on January 23, 2017

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