My husband suffers from severe congestive heart failure (ejection fraction 12). Some time ago a neurologist told him that he had insufficient oxygen in the blood, apparently caused by the heart failure. Now he has been diagnosed with "prominent frontal lobe atrophy" of the brain which has caused an increased volume of fluid in the brain. Questions: Is the brain atrophy related to the low level of oxygen in the brain and thereby indirectly caused by the heart failure, or is it completely unrelated. And, will frontal lobe atrophy inevitably lead to frontal lobe dementia, and if so, over what period of time? Is the increased fluid in the brain dangerous? What complications, if any, can it lead to.
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