Dementia Warning Signs: Stages, Symptoms & Causes

Vascular dementia

Vascular dementia is a type of cognitive decline caused by decreased blood flow to the brain. It is the second most common form of dementia, accounting for 10-20% of all cases. It is caused by damage to the brain’s blood vessels due to medical conditions such as stroke, heart attack, or hypertension. This damage can decrease the brain’s ability to process information and store and recall memories. Vascular dementia is a progressive condition that can significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

Causes of vascular dementia

The exact cause of vascular dementia is unknown, but several factors are thought to be involved. These include a history of stroke, hypertension, diabetes, heart attack, and other cardiovascular diseases. Other risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, and poor dietary habits.

In addition, risk factors for developing vascular dementia include age, family history, and certain genetic conditions. More research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms better, but treating and managing vascular dementia requires careful monitoring and management of risk factors, such as those mentioned above.

Written by Cassandra Williams

Cassandra Williams is a Senior Editing Manager at A2ZHealthy