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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
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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