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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can your brain still function after having cardiac arrest?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 33 years experience
Yes: Depends how long the brain was without oxygen - if the patient was immediately resuscitated, many of them recover completely.
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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
It depends: It really boils down to how long the brain was deprived of adequate blood flow. This depends on how long till the heart started functioning again and how quickly good CPR was started. The longer the brain goes without oxygen the more chance of brain injury.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there brain function during a cardiac arrest?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 40 years experience
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 return. However prolonged CPR may not get enough blood to brain to prevent brain damage even if heart recovers.
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Last updated Aug 20, 2019
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