BEACON TRANSCRIPT – New details from a study are causing quite a stir as this is coming with a controversial claim. The research suggests that people are aware of their being “dead” as the brain still functions several minutes after the heart stops beating.
The Heart Stops, the Brain Still Functions
The matter of life after death or of the so-called flatliners is a very controversial one. However, a study paper claims to have found proof that at least some of these claims are real and that there are some facts involved, not just fiction.
NYU Langone School of Medicine researchers led by Dr. Sam Parnia are behind this study. Together with his team, the director of critical care and resuscitation research discussed and analyzed people that had “technically” died.
Namely, these suffered a cardiac arrest, which left them theoretically dead, but which were revived and are alive and well at the moment. Reportedly, this is the most extensive study on the matter.
According to the research, some of the questioned patients, 39 percent of them, reported being able to hear and be aware of the conversations around them and even see what was going on. They claimed that they had this awareness even after being pronounced dead because their hearts had stopped beating.
Then, the study team verified if their reports checked up by questioning the nursing and medical staff that were present at the time.
Death is usually defined as being the point at which the heart has stopped beating which cuts off the brain’s blood flow. Dr. Parnia explained that this is technically the time of death. As blood stops reaching the brain, its functions are also halted almost instantaneously.
However, the study does suggest that there may be a limited amount of brain energy left in store that might get used immediately after the heart halts.
The matter will likely never be settled on account of there still being no way of actually verifying it, but that probably won’t stop researchers from trying to find out what happens after or “as” we go through death.
As stated by Dr. Parnia, “we’re trying to understand the exact features that people experience when they go through death, because we understand that this is going to reflect the universal experience we’re all going to have when we die.”
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