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What causes near death experiences?

What causes near death experiences?

I don't mean to be..: Silly, but i can't resist saying "coming near death". Beyond that, i there are very serious researchers doing good work on this for decades +.You can find their results in long journal articles & in books or magazines written for everyday folk. It is not hard to believe that some bodies experience a lot at that time and, surviving it, people may retain powerful impressions. Talk w/ your therapist. ...Read more

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How common in sudden death in athletic people?

How common in sudden death in athletic people?

Varies: It's impossible to give a straight forward answer to this question due to the amount of confounding factors that could be involved. However, the most common cause of sudden death in athletes is a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is relatively rare and is estimated to cause death in less than 100 competitive athletes in the US every year. ...Read more

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Can a near to death experience(car accident) cause suicidal throughs and depression?

Can a near to death experience(car accident) cause suicidal throughs and depression?

PTSD: In the context of an acute trauma, like a car accident, you developed an acute stress disorder, which can produce depression and suicidal ideas. If after six months of the event, the condition is called post traumatic stress disorder, and could be of different severity, and evidenced by nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbness, anxiety. If you have suicidal ideas, make a consultation immediately ...Read more

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What is the chance of someone surviging a?Sudden cardiac arrest?

What is the chance of someone surviging a?Sudden cardiac arrest?

Location location: Survival depends on time to reversal of the arrest; patients in the real world who are appropriately defibrillated within 2 minutes have a 70% survival rate (this is population wide, not specific to any one individual). If the arrest happens in the hospital and is due to a medical or surgical issue, survival is actually lower (as the arrest is part of the dying process from the other illness). ...Read more

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What could cause very sudden but extremely brief "jolt" in center of chest during jogging? Didn't experience the typical angina sensations at all.

What could cause very sudden but extremely brief "jolt" in center of chest during jogging?  Didn't experience the typical angina sensations at all.

Chest pain: It most likely was musculoskeletal. It does not sound like angina. It was not associated with nausea, or dizziness or other systemic symptoms associated with angina and it sounds like it only lasted a very brief time. However you should get checked up with and EKG and good cardiovascular exam. ...Read more

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Many of my classmates died from auto accidents in their 20s. Is that the major cause of death then?

Yes, and now, too.: Auto accidents/trauma: number one cause of mortality in that age group. Interestingly, it's the basics that are advised for intervention. Seat belt closure, designated driver if etoh involved, the usual. Facts of life. ...Read more

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Severe fear of sudden death. How often does this happen ?

Severe fear of sudden death. How often does this happen ?

Almost never for U: Almost never for a otherwise healthy 30 year old women. Usually its people of have significant heart issue and more advanced age. I would take some yoga if i were you, its good for your heart and anti anxiety. ...Read more

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What medical advances have led to a decrease in the death rate during childbirth?

What medical advances have led to a decrease in the death rate during childbirth?

In what era? : Maternal demise up to 3 days after delivery was often related to puerperal fever, a bacterial infection. Pre-eclampsia, hemorrhage, & cephalopelvic disproportion were other disastrous events. Caesarean Sections were often used for delivery immediately after maternal demise. Your question is a bit too broad for this format. Please re-frame it. ...Read more

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What's the leading cause of death in young women?

What's the leading cause of death in young women?

Accidental injuries: For women less than 35 the leading cause of death was unintentional injuries. Visit the cdc website at http://www.Cdc.Gov/women/ for complete data. ...Read more

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Is sudden adult death syndrome rare in 22yo female?

Is sudden adult death syndrome rare in 22yo female?

YES, EXTREMELY RARE: Unless you suffer epilepsy or congenital heart disease, or a rare genetic anomaly, the risk of sudden unexplained death in someone your age is virtually nil. ...Read more

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How common is sudden cardiac arrest in school-age children?

How common is sudden cardiac arrest in school-age children?

Rare: 1 case in 1-200000 people is the risk in the population as a whole.Much less under middle school age. ...Read more

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Could someone describe their experience of having arthroplasty surgery in the jaw joint?

Could someone describe their experience of having arthroplasty surgery in the jaw joint?

Why?: Why do you need it? Can you fully open and fully close your teeth together? Does it hurt to do so? Get a second and third opinion before surgery. Do not be impressed with credentials. Get your MRI report. A displaced disc is not a basis for TMJ surgery. The disc positioin is inherent to you and does not have to be centered, and is a factor of your bite and teeth occlusion. Not pleasant surg. ...Read more

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What's the most common cause of death post cardiac arrest, 7 days after achieving ROSC?

What's the most common cause of death post cardiac arrest, 7 days after achieving ROSC?

Same as the cause: Hi Stephen, Usually the cause of death is either the same as the disease that caused the cardiac arrest or as a result of secondary injury due to poor oxygenation to other organs. Poor oxygenation to organs can cause severe injury to the point of multi-organ failure. ...Read more

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Can irrational fear be a side effect of experiencing death in the family?

A consequence?, yes: Especially for very sensitive people, an intense or traumatic event or loss can have major powerful consequences. Also, fears can be rational or not and can range from manageable to immobilizing. But yes to your question. And, you can find help in grief counseling or psychotherapy. If help is also needed for underlying fragility, medication might be added. My sympathy ; hope for relief. ...Read more

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Is cardiac arrhythmia the usual cause sudden death in sports?

Is cardiac arrhythmia the usual cause sudden death in sports?

It can be: When sudden death in an athlete occurs because of a heart condition the cause can usually be divided into three main categories: an abnormally thick heart muscle with no obvious explanation (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy); abnormal coronary arteries (abnormal course through the heart or absence of one of them) and finally sudden abnormal heart rhythms. ...Read more

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Someone I know in his 40s died suddenly & unexpectedly of a heart attack. I'm scared. Are these incidences really rare in healthy people?

Someone I know in his 40s died suddenly & unexpectedly of a heart attack.   I'm scared.  Are these incidences really rare in healthy people?

These incidents are: very rare in "healthy" individuals. Unfortunately you need a good definition of healthy. EKG normal, heart pumping function normal, non smoker, exercise. etc. Discuss with your health care provider since he/she knows your health history and risk factors. ...Read more

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Does mild MVP causes fear of death ?.i am always having the feeling of going to die, especially at night.?

Anxiety: Mild MVP should not be cause for dying any time soon, so maybe you have an underlying anxiety disorder, and your mild MVP disorder you are fixating on in your mind is making it worse. See your Dr. and tell them your fears and get treated. best wishes. ...Read more

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Experience anywhere from 5-50 PVCs per 24 hrs. Is this enough to say I have an increased risk of developing heart disease or sudden death?

Experience anywhere from 5-50 PVCs per 24 hrs.  Is this enough to say I have an increased risk of developing heart disease or sudden death?

No: significant PVC will be more than 5 per minute. Which will be significantly more than 50 per hour. As to your risk or specific interpretation of your results,I will defer to your Cardiologist ...Read more

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What to do if I have a near death experience that doesn't involve seeing religious beliefs?

What to do if I have a near death experience that doesn't involve seeing religious beliefs?

Beliefs: Hi. Religious beliefs are a product of some humans' minds, and have no bearing on reality. If you didn't meet sky-daddy in your near death experience, maybe you're just not preoccupied by superstitious thinking! Reality may be painful, but at least it's real. SCIENCE is how we study reality! ...Read more

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Odd question, maybe, but have you encountered any evidence of actual near death experiences? Is this a real phenomenon? Is it explainable?

Near Death Experienc: Many have documented there experiences. There many theories about why it happens. Non of them, of course, are scientific.. I think it depends on a persons personal belief and spiritual upbringing as to what they consider it actually is. There is no doubt it does occur..but WHY? Stay tuned..who knows one of these days you might find out. ...Read more

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What causes near death experiences?

I don't mean to be..: Silly, but i can't resist saying "coming near death". Beyond that, i there are very serious researchers doing good work on this for decades +.You can find their results in long journal articles & in books or magazines written for everyday folk. It is not hard to believe that some bodies experience a lot at that time and, surviving it, people may retain powerful impressions. Talk w/ your therapist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are near death experiences real or imaginary?

Can you tell me, are near death experiences real or imaginary?

I'd say REAL...: Why would the people who have had such an experience make it up? Too many people have had similar experiences for it all to be just imagined. ...Read more

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Is the brain still active during a near death experience?

Is the brain still active during a near death experience?

Brain @ end of life: We believe that during the last stages of life, this natural stage of life that we will all go through, called "dying", that the brain is still active. Our loved ones may appear to be sleeping, or they may appear to be inactive and interacting with things that we can see. Many dying people go through "terminal delirium" and appear to be having conversations with long-dead loved ones. ...Read more

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What to do if i got a near death experience and my heart has been increasing rapidly for the past two hours. How can I cure it naturally?

What to do if i got a near death experience and my heart has been increasing rapidly for the past two hours. How can I cure it naturally?

Experience: It isn't unusual to have a catecholamine response to such an experience. The length of time that lasts will differ between people. I suspect it took care of itself as you settled down. ...Read more

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Can a near to death experience(car accident) cause suicidal throughs and depression?

PTSD: In the context of an acute trauma, like a car accident, you developed an acute stress disorder, which can produce depression and suicidal ideas. If after six months of the event, the condition is called post traumatic stress disorder, and could be of different severity, and evidenced by nightmares, flashbacks, emotional numbness, anxiety. If you have suicidal ideas, make a consultation immediately ...Read more

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Can an accident(near to death experience)trigger symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia ?

Can an accident(near to death experience)trigger symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia ?

Head trauma can: manifest in a variety of cognitive symptoms, some of which may mimic the conditions you mention but are not actual schizophrenia. A neuropsychologist can test you and make recommendations for strategies to help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do I find out why can people see better during an out of body/ near death experiance?

How do I find out why can people see better during an out of body/ near death experiance?

An unknown: I've heard tales of people coming back and accurately reporting things they could not possibly have observed naturally. I trust the colleagues who've reported series that support the "survival hypothesis" -- that there's something supernatural about us. Remember that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. This is presently outside what we know of biology & natural science. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs of near death with stage 4 lymphoma?

I was wondering what are the signs of near death with stage 4 lymphoma?

Bed Ridden state: Most patients who have terminal cancer become quite inactive and bed bound, needing nursing care to feed them and clean them. Organ dysfunction follows and patients become weaker by the day and stop eating and drinking. Terminally they become less alert, sleeepy, unconscious and die. ...Read more

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What are the signs on a person who is near death? Pt. walks but may be unsteady, eats well but appetite not as robust, now has sad and forlorn look.

What are the signs on a person who is near death? Pt. walks but may be unsteady, eats well but appetite not as robust, now has sad and forlorn look.

Nothing specific.: People who are near death usually are very weak, have shallow breathing but have a calm about them because they are ready to die. The symptoms you are describing can be from many conditions besides near death such as depression, cancer, heart disease, neurological condition, etc. The person you are talking about should see a primary care physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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What mental/emotional problems can you have if u had near death meningitis as a baby?

What mental/emotional  problems can you have if u had near death meningitis as a baby?

Although you may not: Have conscious memories but at an unconscious level infants ; children have memories which lead to feelings of abandonment, lack of trust or fearfulness with traumatic impact. There are ways to access and treat these memories (using hypnosis or emdr). When parents were not allowed in intensive care units with infants and children it was emotionally harmful. Having parents involved today helps. ...Read more

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Can infection from your teeth go through your your your body and put you near death what is the risk?

Can infection from your teeth  go through your your your body and put you near death what is the risk?

High Risk: A good thing to remember is that upper teeth are located less than two inches from your brain. Lower teeth are two inches from your airway. It is very important that any dental infection be addressed immediately. Infections of the head and neck should be taken very seriously and treated by a dental professional as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What do you need besides a dnr for a dying person?

What do you need besides a dnr for a dying person?

time for consultatn: The process of letting go is a complex one. There are wonderful consultants at hospice who can help a family or individual plan for the many things that will be part of the process. Seek out a consultant from a local source and get them involved in the planning.There are too many things to cover for this forum limited to 400 letters. ...Read more

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What is the dieing process? What actually occurs and does the person realize their about to die?

Check hospice sites: Some hospice sites give guidance on the dying process. Quick search found this site: http://www.Hospicefoundation.Org/deathsigns. ...Read more

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How is hospice care tailored to a dying person's needs?

How is hospice care tailored to a dying person's needs?

By symptoms: Hospice care is tailored to control symptoms. There is an assessment by the care team to look at medical symptoms as well as emotional needs. The family situation is also evaluted. Most programs have a very integrated approach to care. ...Read more

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