The Mexican comedian Leopoldo García Peláez Benitez, better known as Polo Polo, passed away this Monday, January 23, due to vascular dementia; However, rumors on social networks He argued that he had Alzheimer’sBut is it the same?
Paul Garcia, the comedian’s son, confirmed to the media that vascular dementia was the cause of death, which Caused episodes of “spill”,
Although dementia and Alzheimer’s are different yes they are related,
Vascular dementia: what is it and how is it different from Alzheimer’s?
Vascular dementia is a neurological syndrome characterized by problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, and memory, as well as other mental processes. brain damage Caused by decreased blood flow to the brain, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The first thing to understand is that dementia has a set brain disorders that make it difficult to think clearly And it’s caused by a variety of factors, not just Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that is present in up to 80 percent of dementia cases; Even then, represents only one effect Which causes the set of disorders behind dementia.
The main difference between vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s is the age at which they appear, On the one hand, the condition from which Polo Polo died is normally from the age of 55meanwhile he Alzheimer’s appears at age 65,
Also, in the case of vascular dementia, memory loss (characteristic of Alzheimer’s) this is not normal.
Vascular Dementia: Why Does It Occur?
The CanoHealth organization states that vascular dementia is the second most common of its kind, accounting for about 20 percent of cases. This happens because of:
- blockage of small blood vessels in the brain, Due to this, there is a lack of oxygen in some parts of the brain.
- high blood pressure; High blood pressure harms the little and fragile blood vessels in the midbrain, causing them to burst.
The effects of dementia are:
- Difficulty speaking or understanding what is said.
- Loss of balance and dizziness.
- Difficulty walking
- Numbness or paralysis on one side of the body or face.