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How common is vascular dementia?

Dr. Stephen T. Chen, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia in the United States. (Alzheimer's disease is the most common.) Vascular dementia makes up about 10 percent to 20 percent of all dementia cases. About 4.2 percent of adults age 70 and older have vascular dementia.

The condition is more common in:

  • men
  • African Americans
  • Asians

Genetics and certain lifestyle factors, including diet, may play a role in the development of vascular dementia.

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