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A 40-year-old member asked:

must i seek immediate help if i have syncope?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: Passing out is common and common causes are emotion, dehydration, medications. Depending on age abnormalities of heart rhythm become more prevalent. Rare entities such as cardiomyopathy are possible in younger patients. If first episode and there is a clear precipitant it is probably not necessary to see doc. If this is recurrent or there is no clear explanation see doc soon.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is micturital syncope?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Vagus Nerve: In order to emply one's bladder, one has to tighten up the abdominal muscles to increase the pressure surrounding the bladder. This process results in increased stimulation of the vagus nerve or tenth cranial nerve, which incidentally slows the heart rate. Sudden drops in the heart rate and blood pressure then cause susceptible people to pass out or have syncope.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Any over-the-counter help for someone with syncope?

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Dr. Kevin Lingle
Cardiology 15 years experience
Depends : Depends in the cause, but if vasovagal, then otc salt pills can help; however, check with your doctor to ensure they won't interfere with any of your other medical conditions.
A member asked:

Could it be something bad if I have syncope?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Yes, is serious: Syncope is just blacking out or fainting--the problem it can be cardiac, neurological from a long list of causes--at least it could be due to change position, low blood pressure--check with primary doctor but bring witness, video of event.
A member asked:

How long can I wait with syncope to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Dont: The longer you wait, the higher the risk to develop an irreversible problem.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Will having syncope affect a military job prospects?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Yes: Need to know the cause syncope. Was it respiratory arrest, heart condition, seizure, head trauma? If so then you may have restriction or not able to join military. If it was car accident without complication then you maybe ok. Medical officer may need to review your case.

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