What is Vascular Dementia?
Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia, after Alzheimer’s, and affects around 150,000 people in the UK (Alzheimer’s UK).
Vascular dementia occurs if the oxygen supply to the brain is reduced. This can often be because of a narrowing of blocking of the blood vessels leading to the brain, and in turn can cause brain cells to become damaged, or die. Vascular dementia can also be a result of a stroke or a series of small strokes, or caused by disease which has affected the small blood vessels deep in the brain.
Symptoms are varied and can overlap with those of Alzheimer’s disease, for example difficulties with concentration, planning or problem solving.