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When the heart stops beating, the lack of oxygen can, and in many cases does, cause brain damage. Therapeutic hypothermia is a method to avoid that damage.

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Therapeutic hypothermia aims to cool things down to save the brain

When a person experiences sudden cardiac arrest, the focus is on resuscitating the patient. There is usually little thought by family members about the effect the lack of oxygen has on the brain — they are simply relieved that their loved one’s heart is beating again.

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