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Comment 10 by Pitchguest

Having the stems cut would also cut the bloodflow from the heart to the brain

Thank you - that makes sense. There would be a sudden and drastic loss of blood pressure to key areas of the brain if any major blood vessels were severed, so there would be pretty immediate loss of consciousness, followed by death in a few minutes.

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 07:28:36 UTC | #577026