Definition of vascular dementia in US English:

vascular dementia


  • A common form of dementia caused by an impaired supply of blood to the brain, such as may be caused by a series of small strokes.

    ‘my mother had a history of wandering off and had been diagnosed with vascular dementia’
    • ‘It was 18 months before she was diagnosed with vascular dementia.’
    • ‘Much of the evidence derives from small retrospective studies of uncertain reliability, many of which excluded vascular dementia.’
    • ‘Mixed dementia is a combination of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, caused in part by problems with blood flow in the brain.’
    • ‘However, some forms of vascular dementia progress slowly, making them difficult to distinguish from Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘The management of vascular dementia consists of controlling risk factors such as hypertension and smoking.’