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is syncope the same thing as fainting?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Syncope = fainting: Syncope is the medical term for "fainting". Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness because a person's blood supply to his brain momentarily decreased. The person returns to his usual state of mind quickly after regaining consciousness.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Yes: Real syncope requires acute loss of consciousness.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Syncope.: temporary loss of consciousness from lowering of blood pressure or insufficient oxygen supply to the brain. Can be sometimes used interchangeably.

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