• I don't think b/c the brain is still active and the heart is still beating even though it is a machine that's doing the pumping.
  • No, I don't think so. The blood is taken out of the body and circulated in the heart-lung machine. The coronary arteries are bypassed with other veins and then the heart continues as normal. Clinically dead? That might be the case, but your body goes on functioning with the help of the heart-lung machine. Also, there is now a way to preform the surgery while the heart is still beating. Crazy, but it's true.
  • No, you are only considered dead when your brain shows no signs of activity and you have no heartbeat or respirations.
  • No, the person is not considered dead. However, in some cases a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care might come into play as the person cannot respond during surgery. If you are interested in the legal side of things, you might want to take a look at the NOLO definition: Specifically for the medical questions, you may want to look at:
  • 1-30-2017 Heart stoppage during a treadmill test or surgery is not a big deal. Doctors know very well how to handle that.

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