VCI dementia often mistaken for Alzheimer's disease

12/22/2008 | Yahoo!

Vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common cause of dementia, often is mistaken for Alzheimer's disease because the two share many symptoms, Mayo Clinic researchers report. VCI is caused by brain damage from small strokes that can come from narrowed or blocked arteries. People can reduce their risk of this type of dementia by lowering their blood pressure, not smoking, and keeping diabetes and cholesterol in check.

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