What Happens To The Brain When A Human Dies is Explained by a Neurosurgeon

Humanity has always been fascinated by the question of what happens after death. The question has a number of defenses. There is an answer to these questions if they arise during your overthinking sessions. On his podcast Feel Better, Live More, neurosurgeon and neurobiologist Dr. Rahul Jandial spoke with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. Dr. Jandial says there’s a measurement that shows something really startling about the way the brain dies.

Generally speaking, we think that a flat line on an ECG means you have died away and that there is no longer an electric signal coming from the heart.

However, he continued by talking about brain activity and how skull surface electrodes allow for its detection and observation in a patient’s last moments.

He said that, surprisingly, you observe the flatline on the cardiac monitor, which indicates that you are not quite dead—yet—after the heart stops.

Regarding Dr. Jandial’s claim, your brain keeps working electrically throughout the first few minutes after what seems to be cardiac death.

He continued by saying that there was a massive surge in brain activity that resembled the brain waves seen during extended recollection or dreaming.

According to him, the final, if not the finest, moments of the brain occur in the first few seconds after our heart stops pumping—a time when we have historically considered ourselves to be dead.

The tremendous release of neurotransmitters is causing what is known as an “explosion of activity” in your brain. This suggests that “we should be holding that loved one’s hand longer than we have been,” the doctor said.

To give his patients that additional piece of mind, Dr. Jandial said he explains the science to them, explaining that the heart “squeezes one last time and then the final ejection of blood… lands to the brain” when we die away.

We are granted this last chance at life because the blood contains glucose, which momentarily stimulates the neurons. It just takes a minute or two.

What is the brain doing right then and there? “It fires everything in its arsenal and gives you your biggest dream yet,” said the neurosurgeon.

He compared it to those who had survived near-death experiences.

Dr. Jandial suggests that this might perhaps clarify the assertion that their lives were reenacted in their thoughts like a movie strip.

His theory that brainwaves mimic those in a dream raises the possibility that dreaming is not a malfunction after all. Additionally, he proposed that brain death may be compared to a single, powerful dream.

In response, presenter Dr. Rangan Chatterjee expressed his “tingling” and said that some nurses choose to stay in contact with patients who have passed away from heart attacks in order to make sure they are not alone in their last moments.

In response, Dr. Jandial emphasized that tolerance and creativity are fostered by our “dreaming brain” and that everyone of us has a “genius built in every night for us.”

In his latest book, This is Why You Dream: What Your Sleeping Brain Reveals on Your Waking Life, he goes into more detail on dream patterns.

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