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Is a coma serious?

A coma is a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate medical attention. Because a coma may be caused my various illnesses or injuries, and may be the result of severe brain damage, ensuring that the heart, lungs, and brain continue to function is vital. Once the cause of the coma is diagnosed and the person is stabilized, the condition remains serious because of all of the complications that might arise. A person in a coma should be monitored by medical professionals to maintain other bodily and systemic functions. A common cause of death for someone in a coma is pneumonia.

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