What follow-up care is indicated in the management of vascular dementia?

Updated: Mar 26, 2018
  • Author: Kannayiram Alagiakrishnan, MD, MBBS, MPH, MHA; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Regular follow-up every 4-6 months is recommended to assess the patient's general condition and cognitive and noncognitive symptoms.

Frequent visits may be needed for patients with behavioral problems and patients who are on specific therapies such as neuroprotective agents.

Treatment of risk factors such as hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes mellitus require special attention.

In a randomized controlled trial, no significant differences were found in the follow-up coordination of care either in the memory clinics or with general practitioners in patients diagnosed to have mild to moderate dementia with regards to quality of life, mood and behavioral problems [28] .


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