How Long Can The Brain Last Without Oxygen?

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Hypoxic encephalopathy; Anoxic encephalopathy


Cerebral hypoxia is an emergency condition that need to be treated right away. The sooner the oxygen supply is restored to the brain, the lower the risk of severe brain damage and death.

Treatment depends on the cause of the hypoxia. Basic life support is most important. Treatment involves:

  • Breathing assistance (mechanical ventilation)
  • Controlling the heart rate and rhythm
  • Fluids, blood products, or medications to raise blood...
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