What happens to the body after death? We've all heard the stories of how some animals – namely snakes –…
What happens to the body after death? We’ve all heard the stories of how some animals – namely snakes – can still bite after they have been thrown out because their brains require less oxygen and thus stay longer, but how about people? According to a new study, it can actually take hours for our brains to completely turn off when our hearts stop pumping, which means we’re technically dead but can be a little aware of what’s happening around us.
In studies of patients with heart attacks arrested in both the United States and Europe, researchers at Stony Brook University of Medicine in New York found that a small percentage of those who were successfully revived after their hearts stopped be aware of space and could remember conversations that medical law had around them. These patients (about 2 percent of the 1
40 interviewed) shared in detail what they remembered, even though they were clinically dead. The thought of catching yourself in your own dead body for a few minutes or hours sounds scary, but lead researcher Dr Sam Parnia and his team believe their studies are useful for cardiac arrest research and prevention of brain injury during resuscitation. “At the same time, we also study the human mind and the consciousness of death,” said Parnia, “to understand whether consciousness is being destroyed or if it continues after you have died for a while – and how it relates to what is happening in the brain in real time. ”
” If you are able to reboot the heart, which is what the CPR tries to do, you gradually begin to work the brain again, “explained Parnia, adding that even though the cortex slows and eventually ends, the cells still live and active. “The longer you do CPR, these brain cell death lines will still happen – they only happen at a slightly slower pace.” Parnia also noted that the experience of dying and returning to life changes people, but not the kind of changes that you often see in zombie movies or other popular culture. “What tends to happen is that people who have had these very deep experiences can come back positively transformed. They become more altruistic, more committed to helping others. They find a new opinion that life has had a meeting with death.”