What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Vascular Dementia?

Q:
What are the risk factors and symptoms of vascular dementia?

A:
Risk factors for vascular dementia include:

  • Abnormal aging of blood vessels.
  • Atrial fibrillation.
  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • History of heart attack, strokes or ministrokes.
  • Increasing age.
  • Obesity.
  • Smoking.

Vascular dementia signs and symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Decline in ability to analyze a situation, develop an effective plan and communicate that plan to others
  • Depression or apathy
  • Difficulty deciding what to do next
  • Reduced ability to organize thoughts or actions
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Problems with memory
  • Sudden or frequent urge to urinate or inability to control passing urine
  • Trouble paying attention and concentrating
  • Unsteady gait
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