Vascular dementia life expectancy depends on the individual health and stage of the disease however it has been noted that for patients with bad vascular dementia and decline is rapid then life expectancy is five to six years. Unfortunately, as we grow older our chances of developing vascular dementia and for most kinds of vascular dementia there is little that can be done to prevent or cure it. Vascular dementia occurs by narrowed or completely blocked blood vessels to the brain. Some consider vascular dementia a disease while others consider it a group of symptoms that are caused by various conditions or diseases. Most causes of vascular dementia are not preventable however you can reduce the risk of this disease by quitting smoking and controlling high blood pressure and diabetes. Also eating a low fat diet and exercising is good at preventing vascular dementia and a host of other diseases and ailments.
There are several things or conditions that cause vascular dementia for instance diseases that cause degeneration of the brain’s nerve cells such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. Reactions to alcohol and drug use and nutritional deficiencies of vitamin B12 and folate also have an affect on whether or not you develop the disease of vascular dementia. Another cause is having fluid on the brain from injuries, infections or tumors will also contribute to the disease as will illness to the spinal cord, liver, kidney and lungs. A stroke or mini strokes over a course of a few years are a leading cause for dementia. Common signs and symptoms are memory loss, difficulty communicating, can not retain new information, motor functions and coordination are not as good as they once were, inappropriate behavior, reasoning is not justified, paranoia and hallucinations and easily agitated.
Visit a local doctor if one or more memory or behavioral problems exists. The earlier the vascular dementia prognosis is made to determine the underlying cause for the symptoms then a vascular dementia treatment plan can begin before the symptoms get worse. Early diagnosis means that there is time to help plan for the future and participate in making decisions. The symptoms of vascular dementia stages are the most sought after information after receiving a diagnosis. The seven stages of vascular dementia are no impairment with no obvious signs of any memory problems, very mild signs that are ones that are barely noticeable, mild symptoms usually are forgetfulness and losing items, patients that have trouble doing routine task are considered for the moderate stage, moderately severe are patients that need assistance with their daily routines and have more memory loss and confusion, caregivers are needed in the severe stage as the patient can no longer get dressed by themselves and very the severe stage is the final one for dementia and patients will experience loss of language and control over the muscles. Although scientist and doctors agree that while some drugs help symptoms or slow them down there is not a cure that can reverse or halt the disease or determine vascular dementia life expectancy.