March 8, 2011
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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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.