Cerebral Hypoxia

Cerebral Hypoxia

Your brain needs normal blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients to keep it working well. When blood flow is blocked, your brain does not get the right amount of oxygen and the brain cells start to die within 5 minutes. Unlike other cells in the body, brain cells do not grow back when they die, so brain damage is permanent. When your brain does not work the right way, it causes problems with the rest of your body. This can change the normal actions of your body, your moods, and the way you act. This condition is known as anoxic brain damage. It is also called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or hypoxic-anoxic injury (HAI). It can cause long-lasting brain damage and coma. Anoxic brain injury is from any problem that may stop the brain from getting enough blood flow and oxygen. It needs emergency care and urgent treatment to help avoid more damage. Chances for recovery are better the sooner the blood flow to the brain is started again because it limits the number of brain cells that die. Treatment depends on the cause of the loss of oxygen to the brain and how severe the damage to the brain is.