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How long can the heart stop before you get brain damage?
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: 4-5 min
Brain cannot function more than 4-5 minutes of lack of oxygen.

In brief: 4-5 min
Brain cannot function more than 4-5 minutes of lack of oxygen.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
In brief: Not very long
The brain is extremely sensitive to anoxia (being without oxygen).
Depending on other medical issues, after approx 5 minutes brain damage can occur, which is why it is so important to begin CPR immediately.

In brief: Not very long
The brain is extremely sensitive to anoxia (being without oxygen).
Depending on other medical issues, after approx 5 minutes brain damage can occur, which is why it is so important to begin CPR immediately.
Dr. William Goldsmith
Dr. William Goldsmith
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