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Every breath you take

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Biology / Health

What is the longest a person can hold their breath for, and survive without obvious brain damage? No Googling… Five, ten, maybe even 15 minutes? Take a deep breath… how about 22 minutes!? That's the Guinness World Record. Given what we know about the enormous risks of permanent damage if the brain is starved of oxygen for even short periods, how on earth can that be possible?