However a new study suggests your consciousness carries on functioning after your heart stops beating and your body movements fail.
Survivors of cardiac arrest were aware of what was going on around them while they were ‘dead’ before being ‘brought back to life’, the study revealed.
Dr Sam Parnia is studying consciousness after death and examining cardiac arrest cases in Europe and the US.
The expert ventured that people who have survived cardiac arrest later accurately described what was happening around them after their hearts stopped beating.
His study is examining what happens to the brain after a person goes into cardiac arrest – and whether consciousness continues after death and for how long – to improve the quality of resuscitation and prevent brain injuries while restarting the heart.
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