Can a Stroke Cause Dementia? | Norton Healthcare Louisville, Ky.

Vascular Dementia

What Is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia results from decreased blood supply to parts of your brain, robbing it of oxygen and nutrients and leading to brain cell dysfunction.

Strokes or a series of strokes can cause vascular dementia, but more often the condition develops gradually. Vascular disease affects the small blood vessels feeding the brain. Eventually the brain cells stop working.

Vascular dementia can be difficult to distinguish from Alzheimer’s disease, and it has been suggested that these two conditions are related. Additionally, these two conditions often occur in combination.

However, individuals with vascular dementia often have a slightly different collection of symptoms than Alzheimer’s patients. Recall of memories is often difficult and may be slow. Thinking in general often seems slowed. And, walking often is slowed, possibly to a shuffle.

Treatment most often is focused on risk factors for vascular disease, such as blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking.

The board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists at Norton Neuroscience Institute Memory Center have the experience and expertise to precisely diagnose vascular dementia and other neurological conditions. Our providers are at the leading edge of advances in this rapidly developing field to help manage dementia symptoms and slow their progress.

More patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana trust Norton Neuroscience Institute with their neurological care than any other provider in the area. Patients find a comprehensive range of board-certified specialists who provide a diversity of viewpoints to develop a customized care plan for each patient.

Can a Stroke Cause Dementia?

Vascular dementia can occur after a stroke or series of strokes. In these cases it may be easy to connect any changes in memory and thinking to a specific stroke and to the location of damaged brain tissue.

More often, however, vascular dementia progresses over time, and it is impossible to connect symptoms to a stroke or any particular point in time.

Vascular Dementia Prognosis

Vascular dementia has no cure, and as the disease progresses, the patient eventually will need specialized care as mental and physical abilities decline.

The Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center can support patients and caregivers through the progression of vascular dementia, including resources to help caregivers through this time and transition from home care to specialized care when the time comes.

Care That’s Focused on You

  • We operate Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center — the area’s only center dedicated to helping you and your family navigate your lives after a stroke. The Norton Healthcare Foundation funds this important service, so patients don’t need to pay.
  • We have dedicated patient navigators who can help with transportation, schedule follow-up appointments and confirm that you can afford prescriptions.
  • We provide support groups and exercise classes, develop customized diet plans and can help with issues such as access to disability assistance, housing, and financial and employment advice.
  • At Norton Neuroscience Institute, we want to help you get better and well as prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Get help quitting smoking and learn the signs of stroke at Norton Healthcare Prevention & Wellness.
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

About Norton Neuroscience Institute

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek treatment from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized neurologists and neurosurgeons than any other provider in the area.

  • We have more than 60 medical, surgical and research specialists dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • We use advanced minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment that speeds your recovery and minimizes pain.
  • Our multidisciplinary clinics offer easy access to specialists in oncology, cardiovascular, orthopedics,  and behavioral health.
  • Norton Healthcare has the largest network of accredited stroke centers in the area.
    • Norton Brownsboro Hospital’s designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and American Stroke Association represents the highest level of care.
    • The Joint Commission also certified Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and managing their disease.
  • We are nationally recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review as a Top 100 neurosurgery and spine program.
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