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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. E. rawson Griffin iii
43 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Cough syncope is passing out in relation to coughing. It is caused by a drop in blood pressure which is caused by the cough stimulating the vagus ner ... Read More
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Dr. Gary Ritholz
30 years experience Anesthesiology
Most common cause: Cough causes an increase in chest pressure. This causes a pressure increase in the skull. High chest pressure decreases venous blood return and cardia ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kevin Lingle
15 years experience Cardiology
Unlikely: It would be very rare but possible if you past out and fell injuring your head.
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Probably not: This would be distinctly unusual but anything is possible
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Cooley
29 years experience Cardiology
Neurocardiogenic: Coughing can stimulate nerves in the throat that cause a vasovagal response. This vasovagal response results in a drop in blood pressure which can l ... Read More
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Dr. Samir Dabbous
45 years experience Cardiology
Not a real problem : Excessive cough can limit the amount of blood returning to the heart and therefore cause syncope or a blackout spell which is reversible when cough st ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Passing out: When you cough hard enough, you pass out.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
49 years experience Cardiology
Not uncommon: Violent coughing can trigger cardio-depressive reflexes that can functionally slow the heart rate, but also because of the high pressures in the chest ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Golenbock
49 years experience Pediatrics
Fainting with cough: Some people are susceptible to changes in their blood pressure when they change position, move their head suddenly, or cough. The resultant fall of b ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
27 years experience Pulmonology
No: A cure for cough syncope is a difficult query. Most of the time stopping or treating the cough will prevent the problem for most patients. The three ... Read More
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Dr. Barton Cook
31 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Interesting: You can certainly become bradycardic (low heart rate) with cough, sleeping or not. You would not be aware of it if you were sleeping. If you are expe ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
31 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Usually not: Unless you break a bone when you pass out. Actually the cough that leads to syncope is usually a powerful cough and that can result in pain, but the ... Read More
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