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Memantine May Help Prevent Damage from Mini-Strokes

Posted Dec 28 2012 12:00am

Unlike Alzheimer’s disease which is still poorly understood, it’s well accepted that vascular dementia is caused by strokes, often a series of small, “silent” strokes. While early stage Alzheimer’s is characterized mostly by memory loss, vascular dementia more generally affects executive function, multi-tasking, problem-solving and reasoning. It’s important to understand that more than one type of dementia can be present, which can further complicate a diagnosis.

When people are having a major stroke, they are likely to be aware that something is happening that could cause significant damage unless immediate medical intervention is sought. However, the undiagnosed mini-strokes that can result in mild cognitive impairment leading to vascular dementia often occur without any immediate evidence that something is wrong.

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