1124 GMT July 21, 2018
Vascular dementia affects about 150,000 people in the UK, according to the National Health Service (NHS), express.co.uk wrote.
It’s caused by a reduced blood flow to the brain, which can lead to brain cell damage.
Vascular dementia symptoms can either begin very suddenly, or become more prominent over a period of time.
But, what signs should you be looking out for?
These are the common vascular dementia symptoms you should know about.
The NHS said, “Vascular dementia causes problems with mental abilities and a number of other difficulties.
“The symptoms can come on suddenly or gradually.
“They tend to get worse over time although treatment can help slow this down.”
The earliest symptoms of vascular dementia include mood or behavioral changes, difficulty concentrating, and trouble with understanding.
But, signs can be difficult to spot in its earlier stage, or they maybe mistaken for another condition.
As symptoms get worse over time, patients may find walking more difficult, and could have more frequent falls.
Personality changes, a lack of interest and difficulty finding the right words are also symptoms to look out for.
Other signs could include urinary incontinence, slowness of thought, confusion, and memory loss.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs of vascular dementia.
Those most at risk of the dementia are people over 65, smokers, and people that don’t eat a healthy diet.
Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly could lower your risk of vascular dementia, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in your forties and fifties seems to be particularly important for helping to lower your risk of dementia,” it said.
“This includes not just staying physically active but also keeping mentally and socially active.”
Diagnosing vascular dementia early is crucial, added the NHS.
Early treatment may help to slow down its progress.