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A 25-year-old member asked:

How long after someone stops breathing can you still revive him?

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Dr. Robert Wright
Pulmonary Critical Care 45 years experience
5: Whether or not a patient can be revived depends on many factors. In general, younger patients have a better chance of revival than older patients with pre-existing vascular problems or cerebral vascular disease. Additionally, the circumstances of resuscitation are important. For example, patients that fall in cold water may be revived after many hours if their body temperature cools rapidly.
Dr. Michael Mascia
Critical Care 50 years experience
NO ABSOLUTE TIME CAP: In other words, depending upon the condition of the patient, the cause of the problem, the "time down", the end organ damage and the effectiveness and conditions of the resuscitation, full recovery may be possible after minutes to hours. However, as a rule, after cardiac arrest, outcomes are not good, unless effective resuscitation is accomplished rapidly ... Within minutes.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 18 years experience
Depends on temp: Depending on the patient's temperature from 4 minutes to hours. People who are immersed in very cold water may often do quite well up to 1-2 hours after drowning. Most patients suffer severe brain injury after 2 to 4 minutes of no breathing.

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Revive after stop : Generally, someone can be "revived" for up to ten minutes after stopped breathing, if they are at common body temperature. However, brain damage will start to occur after six - eight minutes in most individuals. If someone stops breathing, call 911, and start cpr.
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What happens when someone stops breathing?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Eventually: the person will die if their brain is starved of oxygen.

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