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The symptoms of vascular dementia depend on the location and amount of brain tissue involved. Vascular dementia symptoms may appear suddenly after a stroke, or gradually over time. Symptoms may get worse after another stroke, a heart attack, or major surgery. These are signs and symptoms of vascular dementia:
Increased difficulty in carrying out normal daily activities because of problems with concentration, communication, or inability to carry out instructions
Memory problems, although short-term memory may not be affected
Executive dysfunction: planning, organizing and multi-tasking problems
Stroke symptoms, such as sudden weakness and difficulty with speech
Mood changes, such as depression or irritability
Stride changes when walking too fast, shuffling steps