Homewatch Caregivers Atlanta East has offered a discussion in a recent post which provides information about the links between vascular dementia and heart disease. The post was submitted in honor of Heart Health Month. According to the Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association, Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia. This type of dementia is caused by brain damage. When the blood flow to the brain is reduced, such as caused by a stroke, the brain damage can result in reduced mental capacity.
According to the article, a healthy heart is able to pump blood to the other parts of the body, including the brain. Approximately 20 percent of the body’s blood is pumped to the brain. When the blood flow is compromised, the brain doesn’t get all of the oxygen and fuel that it needs. The result can be brain damage and thus, vascular dementia.
Dementia may be caused by various factors and scientists continue to research the condition in the hopes of understanding the cause. They are also looking for a cure for those patients who are already showing signs of decline. The researchers also hope to find ways of preventing the condition. Building up the health of the heart may be one way to improve the blood flow to the brain and elsewhere in the body.
The information presented in the article is a brief overview of the symptoms of vascular dementia. These can vary widely and memory loss may not be one of the symptoms. Patients may exhibit confusion, disorientation, vision loss, difficulty speaking or understanding spoken communication.
Tips for keeping the heart healthy are also included in the article. Specific tips include exercise, a better diet, and stopping smoking. Better heart health may improve the circulation throughout the body and better nutrition gives the body the tools it needs to rebuild at the cellular level.