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Vascular dementia is a medical term that describes mental problems that arise from an insufficient blood supply to the brain, according to Mayo Clinic. It covers problems related to mental processes such as reasoning, memory, planning and judgment.


According to the Alzheimer's Society, the average life span for a patient with vascular dementia is around five years after symptoms begin manifesting. Oftentimes, the patient's death is caused by a stroke or heart attack.


Symptoms of vascular dementia include confusion, disorientation, trouble speaking or understanding speech, and loss of vision, according to the Alzheimer's Association. Additional symptoms include sudden headache, difficulty walking, and numbness or paralysis on one side of the face or the body.


Specific treatments for vascular dementia do not exist as of 2015, but FDA-approved medications for Alzheimer's patients can be modestly beneficial, states the Mayo Clinic. Among these are cholinesterase inhibitors, such as donepezil, that boost the level of a brain cell chemical messenger related t


While there are no defined stages of vascular dementia, the disease does eventually end with death, explains the Alzheimer's Association. As with other forms of dementia, vascular dementia shortens a person's life expectancy. Research suggests that a person who develops dementia as a result of a str


A person with dementia usually lives, on average, about 4 1/2 years after the onset of the condition, according to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation. Of those with dementia, women tend to live longer than men.


The average life expectancy of people with Alzheimer’s-type dementia is eight to 12 years, according to McGill University. However, the life expectancy of a specific individual is based upon age of onset of the disease and general health.


The seven stages of vascular dementia begin with no impairment, then continue with very mild, mild and moderate, according to EverydayHealth. The last stages include moderately severe, severe and very severe.


The life expectancy for a person with frontotemporal dementia generally is two to 10 years after diagnosis, explains the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. The average period of a patient suffering from the condition is about six years and six months to seven years.


Life expectancy calculators are based on age, gender, year born, height, weight, dietary habits, lifestyle, family medical history and geographical location. Calculations are created on using this information as an average made up of large amounts of population data.