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Is There Brain Function During A Cardiac Arrest
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 partly irreversible. A relatively new technique called therapeutic hypothermia improves the statistics somewhat, but the outcomes for many patients are still poor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had a family member die of brain death/cardiac arrest?
Grieving: The death of a loved one usually triggers grieving. The person may feel disbelief. Try to barter with god. Be angry. Be sad. At some point acceptance will come. This is a time to provide support. ...Read more
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 fluctuations in blood pressure and rapidly to respiratory and cardiac arrest. However, the cause of death is the cause of the brian edema, not the cardiac arrest. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. There are also the release of hormones during the stress causing the inflammation. In some facilities where it is available, head trauma and cardiac arrest are treated with hypothermia to decrease and calm inflammation and decrease o2 need. ...Read more
How much time can a person be in cardiac arrest and survive with little to no brain damage when they are in icy?
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 consciousness with no brain damage, it is thought to be due to a decrease in metabolism. No real time known due to the fact that we can't really experiment to find out, and we only see it when it happens in real life. Not so common. ...Read more
My grandmother of age 70 got cardiac arrest and hypoxic brain injury occured. How long it will take to recover?
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 neurologist or intensive care doctor what they think the prognosis is and what progress she's making ...Read more
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