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What is the outlook for people with vascular dementia?

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If the conditions that cause vascular dementia go untreated, the outlook isn't good. A person with vascular dementia may seem to improve for periods of time until another stroke takes away more brain function, memory, and independence. Eventually, untreated vascular dementia usually ends in death from stroke, heart disease, or infection.

Although vascular dementia is a serious condition, catching it early and avoiding further damage are the best medicine. People with vascular dementia can work with their doctors and families to detect and manage the condition.

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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