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Can a person's heart stop beating with general anesthesia?

Dr. Anita Gupta
Anesthesiology
This is possible, though very rare. When practicing, physician anesthesiologists always have your safety in mind. Anesthesiology is a very mature branch of medicine. Many medical procedures are impossible to perform without the use of anesthesia.
Yes, but serious complications with general anesthesia are rare. Patients are screened before surgery for medical conditions that may increase their risk, so be sure to tell your doctor about all your medications and health problems.

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