Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide

Vascular Dementia

Tamela D. McClam, M.D., Crystal C. Watkins, M.D., Ph.D.
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DEFINITION

  • Acquired impairments in multiple cognitive domains as a result of cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events causing damage to the brain
    • Impairments cause a decline in social and occupational functioning.
  • Cognitive impairment due to vascular dementia is classified under the neurocognitive disorders (NCDs) section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) [1].

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Last updated: November 21, 2014