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I know this sounds stupid but how long can you live without your heart ?

I know this sounds stupid but how long can you live without your heart?? Im doing a report at school and i need to know how long you can live without it. Theres like open heart surgeries and how long can you last without it?? I need answers QUICK!! I only have the rest of the day(due tomorrow!!!!!)
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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There are no stupid questions when you are looking for knowledge. You can not survive without your heart. It pumps the blood throughout the entire body. During a surgery like a heart transplant, they connect the body to a machine that "mimicks" the same function as the heart while the actual transplant is occuring. If a person's heart stops from a heart attack or something, the longer it takes to revive the person, the higher chance there is for brain damage and eventually death to occur. Let's say a person is revived after 45 minutes of CPR...chances are there will be little to no brain activity left because of the damage that occured while the heart was not beating. That's why it's so important to act fast when a person is having a heart attack.
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