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How long can someone's heart stop and there is still a chance for full recovery?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
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In brief: 4min

If the body temp is very low the above time can be longer it takes 4 min or longer for brain damage which might have difficulty recovering vs heart.

In brief: 4min

If the body temp is very low the above time can be longer it takes 4 min or longer for brain damage which might have difficulty recovering vs heart.
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Depends

Without oxygen from a beating heart, brain damage begins in roughly 4 minutes.
But if chest compressions are begun immediately after the heart stops beating, the time to brain damage cane be extended significantly... Which is why early CPR is so important.

In brief: Depends

Without oxygen from a beating heart, brain damage begins in roughly 4 minutes.
But if chest compressions are begun immediately after the heart stops beating, the time to brain damage cane be extended significantly... Which is why early CPR is so important.
Dr. Luke Hermann
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