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Carbon dioxide linked to 'near-death' experiences

8th April 2010

A study published in the journal Critical Care has found that near-death experiences during cardiac arrest - from flashing lights to life flashing before one’s eyes - may be down to carbon dioxide.

From 52 patients examined, the levels of the body’s waste gas were higher in the 11 who reported such experiences. Researchers now hope to move on the debate over why so many cardiac arrest patients report the experiences. It is thought between 10% and 25% of cardiac arrest patients have experienced one of these sensations.

 

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