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signs of brain damage after cardiac arrest

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
22 years experience in Cardiology
Yes: cardiac arrest leads to lack of blood flow to the brain and after just a few minutes there is usually irreversible damage

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience in Family Medicine
Varies: Less than 5 minutes is the normal temperature answer. There have been anecdotal events of people that have been hours in icy water that regain consci ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
Yes. : Yes. A pacemaker is placed in the heart to prevent the heart from beating too slow. As an example a pacemaker may be set to ensure the heart beats 70 ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Frank Kuitems
38 years experience in Internal Medicine
Well : The majority of the recovery occurs the first three or four days. Then there can be some slow recovery of brain function. You really need to ask your ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience in Wound care
For a brief time: When the heart stops circulating blood to the brain the functions of brain cease after about 5 minutes. If CPR is performed the brain function can ret ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience in Family Medicine
Brain rumors?: I imagine you meant to write brain "tumors". A brain tumor wouldn't directly cause a heart attack, but a person with a brain tumor could certainly ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Depends how long the brain was without oxygen - if the patient was immediately resuscitated, many of them recover completely.
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Garner
15 years experience in Cardiology
Generally not: It depends on the specific situation, but if the brain has been deprived of oxygen for more than 12 to 14 minutes, the damage is (usually) at least pa ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Cause of death: Brain swelling (edema) will eventually cause the brain to herniate through one of the layers of protective scaffolding. This usually leads to wild fl ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Hypoxia related: It is believed that during cardiac arrest and during all the efforts to save a person, there is hypoxia to the brain and this causes inflammation. The ... Read More

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