I saw a related question.....so now I am wondering.
I guess that progressive and repeated damage to the brain would have to result in some physical failures (or partial failures) somewhere too. It is highly unlikely that vascular dementia would only kill brain cells in just those areas not directly involved in automatic body functions. So...
But, I wonder. Not all forms of dementia are the results of on going and continuous new damage to the brain....could it then be a cause of death at all?
We hear of people living 5, 7, even 10 years with this diagnosis. Seems like it is slower than prostate cancer if it is a cause of the ultimate death.