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What are the effects of being struck by lightning?
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  1. There are different ways to be hit by lightning and each can be very dangerous. A direct strike produces the most voltage and can be deadly, or you could just get a mild shock from the relatively low power of surge voltage. Regardless of the type of strike you experience, the electricity most commonly affects three systems. The majority of deaths result from damage to the circulatory system and cardiac arrest. Lightning can paralyze the respiratory system, too, and kill the victim by lack of oxygen. A lightning strike also can damage the central nervous system and cause a number of problems, such as dementia, amnesia, memory loss and depression.

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