What is the difference between vascular dementia and Alzheimer's?
It is caused by mini- strokes. Symptoms depend on the area of the brain involved. It can mimic Alzheimer's Dementia, so a physician will diagnose based on an MRI of the brain/sam
Vascular dementia is caused by a degeneration or hardening off the circulatory system, especially the arterial system.This results in a deprivation of oxygen to all or parts of the brain. Alzheimers is caused by an interference in the function of the brain cells and a subsequent dying off of the individual cells. The treatment for Alzheimers is focussed on helping the brain to develop new paths to communicate and improving the the communication on the paths that remain. I don't know exactly what treatment can help with vascular dementia, but I don't believe Alzheimer treatment would be of any value.
I believe vascular dementia is often caused by strokes and it seems to affect behaviours first where Alzheimer's affects the memory first and as more connections are lost they lose more and more of their skills such as speech. As the diseases progress both Dementias have many similarities.
I can't understand why two drs would have differing diagnosis, one said my mom has vascular dementia and a neurologist said alzeheimers, and she has hyper tension and SLE at the age of 76, all I know my mom is getting weaker every passing day