Vascular Dementia

Diagnosis & Treatment

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A person can develop vascular dementia after a stroke blocks an artery in his brain, but strokes don’t always cause vascular dementia. Whether a stroke affects your thinking and reasoning depends on your stroke’s severity and location.

Vascular Dementia Symptoms

The symptoms of vascular dementia include problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes, caused by brain damage from impaired blood flow to the brain. 

Vascular dementia symptoms can sometimes vary. In some people, symptoms may seem to progress suddenly, while in others vascular dementia symptoms may initially develop more slowly. Either way, it is always a good idea to seek an assessment and accurate diagnosis early, so if necessary, vascular dementia treatment can start as soon as possible.

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1 Consultation
Initial consultation with a specialist physician.
2 Assesment
Appointment with a neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychiatric Laboratory for computerized, detailed assessments of cognitive deficits and other neuropsychiatric issues associated with dementia.
3 Testing
Blood tests and imaging scans, outsourced to the highest quality and convenient centres in London.
4 Follow up
When all results are available, a 2nd consultation with the doctor, where clinical diagnosis & follow-up strategy are discussed and explained.

Vascular Dementia Diagnosis

An accurate diagnosis is the first step before any treatment for vascular dementia can begin. Dementech offers a wide range of cutting-edge services, specifically designed for people with vascular dementia, such as the Dementech Biomarker Tools and genetic counselling appointments. By using the latest advances in imaging and genetics, we are able to answer all your questions regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring progression and response to treatment for vascular dementia.

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Risk Assessment & Prevention

Lifestyle measures, alongside medication where relevant, can also play a role in managing and treating vascular dementia. Controlling conditions that affect the underlying health of your heart and blood vessels, such as lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol levels, preventing blood from clotting and controlling blood sugar in case of diabetes, are all of paramount importance in patients with vascular dementia.

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Vascular Dementia Treatment

Although it isn’t currently possible to cure vascular dementia, there are things we can do to manage and treat vascular dementia symptoms, and where possible help slow the progression of the condition. Vascular dementia treatment often involves a number of different steps and elements working together.    

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of vascular dementia. We have an in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms. It’s also very important to us that treatment for vascular dementia is tailored to suit each patient’s individual needs, and we will ensure you are fully informed of the dementia treatment options available. 

Moreover, we offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of the disease. Care-givers may experience significant stresses and have a high level of burden; therefore we also offer care-giver support.

Dementech specialises in diagnosing and treating neurological disorders including all types of dementia. For more information contact our experienced and friendly team.

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