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When does life truly end? Since it can be challenging to measure, neurosurgery may offer more clues. Press play to learn:

  • How long after the heart stops the brain continues to function
  • The ideal patient for studying the end of life
  • The challenge of monitoring patients into death

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Ajmal Zemmar, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, discusses the crossroads of neurosurgery and the end of life.

Even with the amazing medical advancements in recent history, it is difficult to get an accurate picture of what is going on in the brain. Especially at the end of life, much of what is undergone in the brain remains a mystery.

Since many folks do not want extensive tests at the end of their life, studying their brains becomes quite challenging. However, with tools like EEGs and other techniques, we can study various situations in which someone passes away, allowing us to better understand when life actually ends.

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