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Peer Review[edit]

Gross comments: 1. reorganize intro. I would have a couple sentences to define the concept. Then make a separate heading “Pathophysiology” that explains the different mechanisms. Right now the intro is long and unwieldy. 2. I would delete the fourth paragraph in signs and symptoms. Appears redundant. 3. rename "Cause" "pathophysiology" and move a lot of the concent in the intro related to this topic to here. 4. Move pathology up to "Cause"/"pathophysiology" section. 5. I would move epidemiology up to above signs and symptoms. 6. My organization would be as follows: Intro, Epidemiology, Pathophysiology/Cause, Signs and Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prognosis, See also. Detail comments: 1. the first sentence is very long. I would re-organize it as: Vascular dementia, also known as multi-infarct dementia (MID) and vascular cognitive impairment(VCI), is a form of dementia caused by problems in the supply of blood to the brain. Often due to a series of minor strokes leading to stepwise cognitive decline. 2. can delete this sentence: The term refers to a syndrome consisting of a complex interaction of cerebrovascular disease and risk factors leading to changes in the brain structures (strokes, lesions), and resulting changes in cognition. 3. In Signs and symptoms: I would remove this sentence as it is redundant. “Alzheimer's dementia often co-occurs with vascular dementia.” - Jrh334 (talk) 19:46, 16 November 2015 (UTC)


There is a discrepancy with this page and the page on Dementia with Lewy bodies. They both claim to be the second most frequently occurring dementia after Alzheimer's disease. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:25, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Seems to depend on how one defines vascular dementia. "Available data suggest that DLB is more common than pure vascular dementia but not more common than any vascular contribution to dementia." Is dementia with Lewy bodies the second most common cause of dementia? J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol 15:4 pp. 182–7 (2002) (PMID 12489913) --Sjsilverman (talk) 23:52, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

The website of the Alzheimer's Society - which I am sure is a reliable source - claims that vascular dementia is the SECOND most common type of dementia. It can be found on ACEOREVIVED (talk) 15:22, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Prognosis/Signs & Symptoms Section[edit]

Based on my understanding of VaD, progression stops if the patient has no further strokes and/or if the VaD is caused by a single, isolated, stroke. Can someone verify this? If this is correct, it might be a good idea to mention this in the "prognosis" section or the "signs and symptoms" section. -- (talk) 19:52, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

The opening sentence[edit]

The opening sentence says "multi-infarct dementia is one type of vascular dementia". By implication, therefore, there must be other types of vascular dementia, although I have long taken the terms "multi-infarct dementia" and "vascular dementia" to be synonyms. Can some one who knows about these things please clarify? ACEOREVIVED (talk) 10:56, 20 September 2011 (UTC)

Relatedly, Vascular dementia at present redirects here. Either the opening sentence is wrong, and needs to be changed, or vascular dementia should not redirect here. --Keithonearth (talk) 06:18, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
This article goes on to discuss many other forms of vascular dementia briefly, it's just a mess really. There's some discussion in the article about Binswager's Disease about the historical issues with naming and classifying the various forms of dementia. This article is really a mess. Each form of vascular dementia needs its own page.
Mystic eye (talk) 17:02, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

This website - (that of the Alzheimer's Organisation) claims that vascular dementia may occur after after one obvious stroke, in which case it will be known as "single-infarct dementia". ACEOREVIVED (talk) 15:24, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

OK - so I have added that to the article now. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 10:19, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

Why the section on prognosis needs to be revised[edit]

"The prognosis for multi-infarct dementia is not very promising". This needs to be rewritten. Firstly, the style here is not very encyclopaedic. Secondly, it is a very misleading statement, as this dementia is not as degenerative as Alzheimer's disease. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 19:56, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

Indeed, this website:

says that this form of dementia normally follows a "stepped progression", i.e. it may remain steady for a time and then deteriorate. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 22:20, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

"difficulty shifting sets" needs plain English translation[edit]

"difficulty shifting sets" needs plain English translation — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ocdnctx (talkcontribs) 15:10, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

The day before yesterday I created a tiny section in the article "Cognitive flexibility" with a definition of set shifting. And now I put a wikilink to shifting sets. Do you think that'll do? (By the way, it would be great if you could expand this section) Lova Falk talk 18:21, 28 September 2012 (UTC)
Though this is a bit late in response, should the article use "difficulty shifting sets" or mention a decline in Cognitive flexibility? That is part and parcel of shifting sets, as it's part of the executive functioning, high order cognition systems of the the mind itself.Wzrd1 (talk) 03:07, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Treatment w/ plamapheresis[edit]

I removed a paragraph added about treatment w/ plasmapheresis. This is certainly not a widely accepted treatment. Searching Pubmed for "vascular dementia" and "plamapheresis", prompts 6 hits, none of which really discuss this topic. Wawot1 (talk) 19:16, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

Caused by several strokes[edit]

This article does say that multi-infarct dementia is caused by several strokes and then it says it may be sometimes be caused by one stroke. Would this not be "single-infarct dementia" - an infarct is a stroke and just one one stroke may give the symptoms similar to those of vascular dementia?ACEOREVIVED (talk) 16:52, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: moved per request. Favonian (talk) 16:25, 5 September 2013 (UTC)

Multi-infarct dementiaVascular dementia – Four-times the results on Google Scholar; title term for websites such as,,,, etc.; better meets WP:NAMINGCRITERIA except for precision (talk) 08:27, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Also note that the current version of the article already reflects "Vascular dementia" as the article title. (talk) 08:30, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
Support. LT90001 (talk) 21:27, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
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Can someone define MID[edit]

This article mentions MID but does not define it.