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Spiritual Beings: Cardiac Arrest and Conscious Awareness

Last week I wrote on the importance of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. But what I really wanted to write about is the latest research in the UK on people that underwent clinical death for a few minutes in a hospital setting. Here is the link to an article about that that research:


The study looked at 2060 individuals who underwent cardiac arrest in 15 hospitals. 330 of them survived. Out of this number, 40% reported some kind of conscious awareness during the time when their heart was not working. This took about 3 minutes on average. 13% of the 330 survivors reported an out-of-body experience during cardiac arrest. It’s pretty amazing stuff.

A Closer Look
Our consciousness usually shuts down after about 30 seconds of not supplying blood to the brain. This can be due to a cardiac arrest or putting pressure on the neck arteries (like a chokehold). Losing consciousness can also happen due to fainting or a severe blow to the head. Basically, we go totally blank. We are not aware of anything during this time and when we come back the entire period when we were “out” is like a black hole.

In the case of the cardiac arrest patients, it was different. Some 40% experienced awareness during the entire 3 minutes when they were “out”. We know that the brain is not dead during this time. It takes about 5 minutes of a complete lack of blood flow to the brain for the brain to permanently damaged and about 10 minutes to be proclaimed “clinically” dead. But before the 5 minutes are up, even if a person comes back, there should not have been any awareness. Memory during this time should have been completely blank, like when we lose consciousness as described previously.

We also know how long the patients in the study reported awareness during cardiac arrest. One person reported hearing two beeps of a machine in a resuscitation room. The beeps occur every 3 minutes, so this gives some indication of how long this individual was clinically dead before coming back and how long he was aware of his surroundings (at least from the perspective of hearing the machine beeps). Other people reported similarities in what they experienced: time slowing down or speeding up, the person being dragged through water, a very calm sensation, or a bright peaceful light.

The Sedative Effect

Another argument is that only 40% of patients reported awareness during cardiac arrest after they came back because of sedative drugs during the time when they were “clinically” dead (sedative drugs erase memory) or because they were “clinically” dead for so long that after they came back they already had brain damage (i.e., they were under for more than 5 minutes). Brain damage, in this case, would have erased any memory of conscious awareness when they were out. This may explain why only 40% reported awareness and not a larger number.

Another thing to consider is that the reporters of the study said that this study gives evidence of what is perhaps “a small amount of life after death”. We have to remember that these individuals came back after resuscitation. There is no way of knowing if their awareness during “clinical” death extends beyond the 3 minutes when they were out (because they came back) or even beyond 5 minutes when they were out (because in this case even if they come back they already have brain damage so they could not remember the awareness they experienced when they were “clinically dead”).

The Bottom Line
These individuals, even when they came back before 5 minutes passed without any blood to the brain, should have remembered nothing. Cardiac arrest should have had the same effect as choking someone, i.e., a total blackout. But in this case it was different. People remembered events when they were out. One person even reported watching the resuscitation procedure from the corner of the room.

If you ask me, this is the first very strong indication that there is a spiritual existence after our physical death. We may be eternal spiritual beings after all.

See you next time.

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Every Second Counts: Cardiac Arrest and CPR

Cardiac arrest refers to the total cessation of heart activity, usually caused by a heart attack, i.e., by a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the heart due to cholesterol plaques.

I recently posted a link on my Facebook page about new research that was done on patients who underwent cardiac arrest in a hospital setting. The hospital setting is obviously the best place to have a heart attack due to the availability of trained staff and proper resuscitation equipment.

CPR Saves Lives

When a heart attack happens outside of the hospital, the chances of survival drop by 20% with each passing minute without Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). This is why it is so crucial to know the basics of CPR and perform this emergency procedure — even on strangers — while awaiting an ambulance. By the way, calling an ambulance is the first step in the CPR procedure. A lot of people that know and begin CPR forget about this because of all the commotion and the seriousness of the situation. They go into the procedure immediately because they want to save a life, but overlook calling the ambulance.

Performing CPR until an ambulance arrives triples the chances of survival. Here are some other interesting stats:

  • 88% of cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital.
  • Out of this 88%, only 37% involve CPR from a bystander.
  • The person requiring CPR will most likely be a loved one or a co-worker.

What to Do

The rules are simple: Someone who is lying on the ground not breathing needs CPR. CPR continues to benefit the patient even if it is performed for more than 40 minutes.

The procedure is simple:

  1. Tilt the head back (when the patient is on their back flat on the ground) and lift the chin.
  2. Pinch the nose and give two breaths mouth to mouth.
  3. Then start chest compressions right in the middle of the chest. Do them deep and strong. If you break the ribs, don’t worry. This means that you are performing the procedure correctly. Ribs can be reattached easily after the patient arrives in the hospital.
  4. There are 10 compressions for every two breaths. It is as simple as that.

There are only two exceptions. One is when the patient has vomit in his mouth (e.g., in the case of a heroin overdose). In this case, he or she needs to be turned on the side so the vomit can exit the mouth. If you are not too grossed out, you can help get the vomit out with your hand. Do not perform CPR until the mouth is clear. Another exception is when the person has blood in his mouth. In this case, you risk contracting HIV or another communicable disease. It’s your call. Is it a loved one whom you know does not have HIV, or is it an unknown heroin user?

In my next blog, I will talk about the research that has shown that people experience an out of body experience during cardiac arrest. I meant to talk about that today, but got a little side-tracked by CPR because of my physician training. Once I get started on a life saving procedure, I have to finish it. It’s too important.

And by the way, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Dr. Karol

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