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Can vascular dementia be prevented?

Dr. Stephen T. Chen, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Vascular dementia can be prevented—more so than the other types of dementia. It starts with controlling your risk factors for stroke. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, proper management of these conditions should reduce the risk for vascular dementia. Also, an evaluation for heart disease is very important. Certain types of heart disease can increase the risk for developing blood clots. Clots can travel from the heart to the brain and cause a stroke. It’s important to have a doctor check the health of your heart and blood vessels.

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