Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Vascular Dementia

  • Holly Rau
  • Rosemary Ziemnik
  • Yana Suchy
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_494


Atherosclerotic dementia; Binswanger’s disease; Cerebrovascular disease; Dementia due to vascular disease/lacunar state; Multi-infarct dementia; Subcortical dementia; Subcortical Ischemic Vascular Dementia (SIVD); Subcortical leukoencephalopathy; Vascular cognitive impairment; Vascular disorders


Vascular dementia (VaD) refers to a progressive decline in cognitive functioning caused by cerebrovascular brain damage. The dementia associated with vascular factors is different from the prototypic Alzheimer’s dementia in that executive impairments and psychomotor slowing, rather than memory per se, constitute the most prominent deficits. Syndromes related to different vascular mechanisms include VaD due to hemorrhagic lesions, lacunar lesions, or a single strategic infarct; multi-infarct dementia; subcortical vascular dementia; mixed dementia; Binswanger disease; and mild vascular cognitive impairment. Various vascular pathologies contribute to a broad continuum of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly Rau
    • 1
  • Rosemary Ziemnik
    • 1
  • Yana Suchy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA