After conducting a study involving more than 2,000 people, British scientists have confirmed that lconsciously is maintained after the heart stops.
The incredible discoveries have also given us some insight into what happens to people who experience an out-of-body experience after being declared clinically dead and then brought back to life.
Before the study, scientists believed that the brain stopped all activity 30 seconds after the heart stopped pumping blood to the whole body. At this point, it was also thought that consciousness effectively also stopped.
The study carried out by the University of Southhampton and published in the journal Resuscitation shows that people maintain their consciousness for up to 3 minutes after being pronounced dead.
“Contrary to what we used to think, death is not a specific moment, but a potentially reversible process What happens after a serious illness or accident causes the heart, lungs, and brain to stop working.”
“If this process can be reversed, we call it ‘heart attack‘; however, if attempts to return the body to function are unsuccessful, it is called ‘death‘ «.
Results of the world’s largest study on “near-death experiences”
The study’s principal investigator, Dr. Sam Parnia, interviewed 2,060 patients from Austria, the US and the UK who had suffered at least one cardiac arrest. Of all of them, almost 40% claimed to have continued to experience some consciousness after being declared clinically dead.
The study concluded the following:
- The issues related to near-death experiences seem much broader than has been understood up to now.
- In some cases of cardiac arrest, memories of visual consciousness compatible with so-called out-of-body experiences can correspond to real events. Many people experience them but do not remember them due to brain damage or the effect of sedative medications.
- Widely used but scientifically imprecise terms, such as near-death or out-of-body experiences, can not be sufficient to describe an actual experience of death.
- The experience around death deserves genuine investigation without bias.
Jerry Nolan, editor-in-chief of Reuscitation Journal, who was not involved in the study but is considered an authority on the subject, said of the research: “Dr Parnia and his colleagues should be congratulated on conducting a study that will open the door to a more exhaustive investigation into what happens when we die.”
A significant finding of the study
Parnia said one of the most important findings of the research was that of a 57-year-old man who had an out-of-body experience and was able to confirm with disturbing precision what was happening around him after he had temporarily “died.”
Parnia added the following:
“It is significant because near-death experiences are often assumed to be hallucinations that occur before the heart stops or after the heart has successfully ‘restarted’, but never an experience that corresponds to ‘real’ events that happened when the heart is not beating.«
“In this case, consciousness seemed to persist for up to 3 minutes after the heartbeat had been lost.”
«Something that is certainly paradoxical, since the brain usually stops working 20 to 30 seconds after the heart stops working and it doesn’t resume until the heart ‘resets’.”
“In addition, the detailed memories of visual awareness in this case were consistent with the verified events.”
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