Research spotlight: Vascular dementia
What research are we funding into vascular dementia?
Vascular dementia is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Affecting about 150,000 people in the UK, it’s caused by problems with the blood supply to the brain and can often occur after a stroke.
A condition called cerebral small vessel disease is also thought to be one of the main causes of vascular dementia. The condition damages tiny blood vessels that supply vital oxygen and nutrients to brain cells.
Currently there is no cure for vascular dementia.
Many researchers believe the best way to tackle the condition is to prevent or treat the conditions that cause it. As this type of dementia is often the result of a stroke or of diseased blood vessels, it stands to reason that preventing strokes or problems with blood vessels could reduce the risk of vascular dementia.
Several projects funded by Alzheimer’s Society are focusing on whether treatment for conditions relating to the blood and heart could reduce risk of vascular dementia. Find out more Alzheimer’s Society