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Why does the heart keep beating if a person is brain dead?

2019-04-17T22:39:37+00:00

In brain death, the heart will continue to beat for a period of time when provided with oxygen (through ventilator support) and other medications to support blood pressure. However, the heart will eventually stop despite all support.

Why does the heart keep beating if a person is brain dead?2019-04-17T22:39:37+00:00

What does the term brain death mean?

2019-08-26T15:50:10+00:00

When someone is brain dead, there is no blood flow or oxygen to their brain. The brain (including the brain stem, which controls breathing) has ceased functioning in any capacity. When a ventilator is breathing for a person, organs such as the heart and liver continue to receive oxygen and are able to function for [...]

What does the term brain death mean?2019-08-26T15:50:10+00:00

How does the physician determine if a patient has actually died?

2019-08-26T15:46:34+00:00

Physicians perform a series of tests to determine if brain death has occurred. Consideration of the diagnosis is based on the catastrophic injury and the current clinical presentation. Tests are conducted to examine all areas of the brain including the breathing center, confirming that the patient is unable to breathe without mechanical assistance (apnea). Brain [...]

How does the physician determine if a patient has actually died?2019-08-26T15:46:34+00:00