A member asked:

Is there a connection between cardiac arrest and brain damage?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli answered

Specializes 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

Answered 4/7/2016


Dr. Barry Sheppard answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

Yes: When the heart stops (cardiac arrest) blood and oxygen are no longer provided to the organs in the body. The brain is one of the most sensitive organs in such a situation and can have permanent damage if CPR is not started (or spontaneous cardiac function does not occur) in as little as 5 minutes when the body is at normal temperature.Anoxic Brain Injury can occur when other organs are unharmed

Answered 3/21/2021



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