* After conducting a study involving more than 2,000 people, British scientists have confirmed that consciousness is maintained after the heart stops beating.
* The incredible discoveries have also given us an idea of 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 throughout the body . Once this point was reached, consciousness was also thought to effectively stop .
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 declared dead.
«If this process can be reversed, we call it “cardiac arrest”; however, if attempts to return the body to function are unsuccessful, it is called “death.”
The results of the 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, visual conscious memories compatible with so-called out-of-body experiences may correspond to actual 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, may not be sufficient to describe an actual death experience.
The experience passed around the death deserves a genuine investigation without prejudices .
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 for more comprehensive research 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 . ”
“This is significant, as 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 corresponding to events ‘real’ events when the heart is no longer beating»
“In this case, consciousness seemed to persist for up to 3 minutes after the heartbeat had been lost.”
“Certainly paradoxical, as the brain typically stops working 20 to 30 seconds after heart function stops and doesn’t resume until the heart ‘resets’.”
With all this, the debate on life after death is more open than ever . Undoubtedly, these investigations shed some light on the matter.