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Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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At what age do fainting episodes in vasovagal syncope usually start?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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At what age do fainting episodes in vasovagal syncope usually start?

Around 10 years: Syncope is a common event in otherwise healthy children, especially in the second decade. ...Read more

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Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more


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How can i prevent vasovagal syncope after taking injection? I always faint a minute after taking vaccination or venipunture

How can i prevent vasovagal syncope after taking injection? I always faint a minute after taking vaccination or venipunture

Lie down during inj!: Best way to prevent the vasovagal syncope from occurring during veni -puncture and injections is to lie down on the examination table and have the procedure done in a lying down position. This prevents the pooling of blood in the lower extremities by gravity and the brain continues to get good circulation. ...Read more

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I am easy to faint all my life.Dr.'s have said vasovagal syncope, postural hypotension.They say eat salt.Is there any otther recourse?

I am easy to faint all my life.Dr.'s have said vasovagal syncope, postural hypotension.They say eat salt.Is there any otther recourse?

Several: Drink plenty of fluids and avoid standing up quickly. If the salt and fluids don't help a medication called Florinef (fludrocortisone) can sometimes help quite a bit. If this doesn't work then ssri medications (like prozac) can be very effective. You need to talk with a specialist in syncope. ...Read more

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I have panic attacks and faint every time i'm hurt (sprained ankle, thrown out back, etc) (vasovagal syncope?) 50mgzoloft helped; what else can I do?

I have panic attacks and faint every time i'm hurt (sprained ankle, thrown out back, etc) (vasovagal syncope?) 50mgzoloft helped; what else can I do?

Therapy and Meds: Zoloft (sertraline) is a very appropriate medication to help with panic attacks. Since you have received benefit from 50mg consider talking with your prescribing provider about increasing the dose to get more help, as long as you are tolerating the medication. In addition, it would be helpful to start seeing a therapist to discuss better ways of coping with your anxiety. Monitor your overall health as well. ...Read more

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I have pots and almost fainted a minute ago, and my pulse felt very weak for a second. Normal for vasovagal syncope?

I have pots and almost fainted a minute ago, and my pulse felt very weak for a second. Normal for vasovagal syncope?

Probably: Pots, as you know, stand for postural orthostatic tacycardia syndrome. It is very common in teens and twenties in girls and women. Heart rate should go up more than 30 beats per min when one stands up suddenly and may temporarily lose consciousness. If you yourself is feeling your pulse immediately after the episode, your judgment of pulse strength may not be accurate, but the pulse could be weak. ...Read more

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I drank 2 glasses of wine then took a sip of tabasco. I felt dizzy and fainted. what could be the reason? is it vasovagal syncope?

Vasovagal syncope: This is a common cause of fainting. I doubt two glasses of wine would cause a fainting spell. Have some basic bloodwork done and get a doctor to examine you in person right away. Many doctors send patients who faint to the ER since it can represent a life threatening emergency. ...Read more

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My boyfriend is a healthy triathlete w/ Crohn's but today passed out waiting in line for lunch. In the ER said vasovagal syncope. Help?

My boyfriend is a healthy triathlete w/ Crohn's but today passed out waiting in line for lunch. In the ER said vasovagal syncope. Help?

Good diagnosis: Vasovagal syncope just means a simple fainting spell and they didnt find anything serious. It can happen when we are stressed in certain ways (like pain or fright or heavy cough), especially if dehydrated. It can involve a nerve reaction which slows the heartbeat or opens blood vessels in the legs so the blood pools, when we are standing up. Keep hydrated. Prognosis generally good. ...Read more

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Whats vasovagal syncope?

A Drop in Heart Rate: Vasovagal syncope refers to passing out when the vagus or 10th cranial nerve is stimulated. One important function of the vagus is to slow your heart down. Any activity that increases the pressure inside your abdomen can stimulate the vagus. So vasovagal syncope often happens when one is bearing down to try to urinate as in elderly men standing at the toliet. ...Read more

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What is vasovagal syncope?

What is vasovagal syncope?

Common fainting: When the nerve vagus causes a fainting spell. Usually this happens in responds to a recent stimulus like when injecting needles, watching blood, during medical procedures, while fasting, while standing for long periods, while in fear or panic. When there is no other obvious cause for fainting it is said that is called "vasovagal syncope". There are other causes of syncope or loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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Can vasovagal syncope be cured?

Can vasovagal syncope be cured?

Depends: Sometimes vasovagal syncope is sel limiting, others it is a recurrent problem and requires attempts to treat with medications. The most important thing is attempting to stay hydrated and eat small frequent meals. If you feel like you are about to pass out sit down and put your head in between your legs or lie down on floor so if you do pass out you don't hurt yourself. ...Read more

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What can cause vasovagal syncope?

Vasovagal syncope: read this: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vasovagal-syncope/basics/causes/con-20026900

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Can you die from vasovagal syncope?

Not generally but...: Not unless you fall off a ladder, drown in a pool or get into a accident from passing out. If you feel it coming on it is important you are in a safe place and put tour head down or lie down. ...Read more

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Is vasovagal syncope an acquired condition?

Is vasovagal syncope an acquired condition?

Syncope: Extremely rare to have a familial relationship...Check for underlying diabetes or cardiac disease. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for vasovagal syncope?

Try this:: Vasovagal syncope, which is accompanied by a fall in BP and often slowing hr, always has warnings which consist of nausea, feeling hot, becoming lightheaded, and visual changes such as darkening. At the first sign, lie down. If possible, elevate your legs. There are two benefits: it will raise your BP and avoid injury if you do faint. Other hints: always eat breakfast. Betablockers help. ...Read more

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Do many young people have vasovagal syncope?

Vasovagal syndrome: Yes it can happen at any age, not uncommon in young people. ...Read more

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What is vasovagal syncope and what causes it?

Common faint: Vasovagal syncope is the most common type of fainting that occurs when the blood pressure drops suddenly, reducing blood flow to the brain. It is often caused by dehydration or becoming overheated. Stress and anxiety can provoke it as well. ...Read more

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Is vasovagal syncope a "disease" or condition?

Neither: It is describing an event, like fainting. It can, but does not have to, occur with cardiac issues, carotid artery issues and dehydration...To name a few reasons. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my vasovagal syncope go away?

Agree with variable: Counterpressure manoeuvres are effective but should not replace recumbent position. Putting hands together and squeezing to contract upper body muscles works as well as crossing legs and squeezing. Both accomplish an increase in blood pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Fainting (Definition)

Faintness is a clinical finding similar to a loss of consciousness and collapse. This can include ...Read more


Passed Out (Definition)

Or passing out implies loss of consciousness. Frequently a cardiac ...Read more