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Progress of vascular dementia caused by TIA?

What to expect from 68 year old man diagnosed with mild vascular dementia in 2009? He had open heart surgery in 2007 with a 3x by-pass and sophisticated tests show vascular issues. Now in 2016 he is becoming very irritated and grouchy. He is on a CPAP mask at night and 24 hour oxygen but last year refuses to use the oxygen during the day unless driving. We do not have most meals together nor much conversation. He sleeps many hours a day.
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Feb 08, 2017 - 01:55 PM

Yes, his progression of dementia could be caused by a TIA. A TIA is a sudden episode of symptoms that indicate an interruption of blood flow through the brain. However, you described other factors that can affect his thought process, such as reduced oxygen intake.

Has he been examined by a neurologist? Someone with that speciality would be able to diagnose the extent of his dementia and its causes. In addition to treating him, a neurologist will also be able suggest resources to help you care for him. The symptoms that you describe are common with people who have dementia but they could also indicate that something else is occurring.

The Alzheimer’s Association, whose website is www.alz.org, is also a good resource for individuals with dementia.

I hope that you will find this information helpful.

Source: www.alz.org

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By welleinmd on Feb 08, 2017 - 04:14 PM | Like (0)  |  Report

He sees his neurologist every two yrs since his initial diagnosis in 2009. We both believe from the tests he has vascular dementia and probably TIAs. He also sees an Endo. for Diabetes 2 and a Cardiologist, pulmonary spec for Pulmonary Hypertension, a Derm.for Psoriasis, a nephrologist for kidney issues...I am
sure u get the picture. His Internist reminds us to think positive. We try. He does not have Alzheimer's and we are thankful for that. I wrote because living with someone who refuses to discuss dementia issues, following doctor's orders etc is vERY difficult. And his mood changes as the day progresses perhaps as his body is desperate for more oxygen. His O2 level is usually 92 or so.

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