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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.
Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Syncope: depends on what is the cause, if it is vasovagal not always that bad...

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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:

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 45-year-old member asked:

Neurocardiac syncope, what is cause, cure?

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Dr. Mark Landers
Cardiac Electrophysiology 31 years experience
Syncope: Neurocardiogenic syncope is complex. Stand up-blood rushes to feet increase Adrenalin causes heart rate/pressure to increase to maintain bp. Brain misinterprets and sends signal to stop adrenalin. Heart rate slows and blood vessels dilate causing BP to fall and pass out. Can also be caused by pain/urinating/stress. Usually maintain hydration/salt and avoid triggering factors. See md.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What could the causes of syncope be?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Broad question: There are volumes of books and week long seminars on the topic. Common causes are orthostatic hypo tension where BP drops when standing too quikly, heart block that may need a pace maker, structual heart disease such as hocm and as, etc. You need a full history and physical, ecg, labs echo, holter to start.

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