Vascular Dementia:
Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

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.

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.

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.

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What is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia is a form of dementia that develops due to circulation problems in the brain. It is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's disease.

Vascular dementia is a general term describing problems with planning, decision making, memory, reasoning and other thinking skills that interferes with daily interaction and functioning.

Vascular dementia can sometimes develop after a stroke blocks an artery in the brain, but strokes don’t always cause vascular dementia. Whether a stroke affects thinking and reasoning depends on the severity and location of the stroke. Vascular dementia more often results from many small strokes or other conditions that damage blood vessels and reduce circulation, reducing the supply of vital oxygen and nutrients to brain cells.

Same Day Diagnosis

At Dementech Neurosciences, we endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by an expert and can be seen alongside your journey with the NHS, With your consent, we can also share the full consultation report with your GP.

Same Day Tests, Assessments & Scans

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

FREE 15-minute Initial Consultation

Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Video Consultations Available

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

Vascular Dementia Symptoms

The symptoms of vascular dementia depend on which part of the brain is affected. However, common symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Trouble with attention and concentration
  • Difficulties in organising thoughts, analysing a situation and deciding what to do
  • Memory problems
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Unsteady on your feet
  • Needing to urinate urgently
  • Unable to control urination
  • Depression

Early symptoms of Vascular Dementia can also be misdiagnosed as depression. As the disease progresses, the individual may develop other symptoms of dementia including difficulty to articulate their thoughts, their personality may change, mood swings, problems with balance, loss of bladder control and generally finding it difficult to manage daily life.

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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.

Initial Assessment & Diagnostic Testing

1. Consultation

2. Assessment

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.

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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.

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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Hear From Our Happy Patients

Have had nothing but kindness and professionalism from Dementech and all their staff. From their initial guidance by Shakeela, through to staff conducting the MRI tests and Dr. Lucio D'Anna for his expertise clarity of explanation, compassion and consideration. Special mention to Zobia, who saved the day with her quick thinking that helped my mother-in-law to obtain extended care. Overall a perfect experience. Cannot recommend them enough.N Mohamed
My family and I experienced one of the hardest times of our lives having to deal with my wife’s deteriorating condition. I would like to personally thank the lovely young lady Zobiaa from Dementech, for showering us with compassion, empathy and genuine care and concern. Her professionalism, high-level customer service and communication, eye for detail, and willingness to go the extra mile to accommodate our needs and make not only my wife, but our whole family, feel as comfortable and supported as possible, is something we will always be grateful for. Thank you so much for your friendly and polite presence Zobiaa and taking the time and effort to build a relationship with us. You really made our visits to the clinic a positive, 5 star experience.P Allen

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

CAN YOU ARRANGE TESTS?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

WILL I GET A COPY OF MY TEST RESULTS?

Yes, you will get a copy of your results as well as a CD of the MRI scan on request

I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC. DO YOU HAVE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO THE MRI SCAN?

Yes we do. We offer an Upright MRI and an Open MRI

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO CALLS?

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

HOW QUICKLY CAN WE GET AN MRI, BLOOD TEST AND OTHER TESTING DONE?

You can get the tests within 2 days of requesting it.

Test results will be received within 2 days.

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