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Are there some genetic reasons I get cough syncope off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get cough syncope off and on?

Not yet, but...: I'm not aware of a genetic linkage for cough syncope. That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, just that its not strong enough to appear on current genome-wide association studies, or other linkage analyses. Single gene diseases are the easiest to track and link to a gene. Most complex diseases (like cough syncope) are caused by multiple interacting genes, and are therefore very hard to characterize. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Can you get cough syncope while you sleeping?

Can you get cough syncope while you sleeping?

Cough syncope: Yes, it is possible, but the question is how does one know if that occurs if the person is sleeping. Advise sleep evaluation and study to make sure this is not nocturnal laryngospasm or night time choking in sleep. ...Read more

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Can you get a cough syncope while you sleep?

Can you get a cough syncope while you sleep?

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 experiencing sleep problems, a sleep medicine specialist may help. A sleep study may be helpful. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cough syncope, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get cough syncope, or is it unusual?

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 cavity produced by the fits of coughing, impair blood return to the heart. All this can combine to drop th cardiac output and blood pressure, resulting in faintness or overt (but very transient) loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cough syncope?

What is the definition or description of: cough syncope?

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 blood pressure leads to decrease blood flow to the brain. Your brain's idea of a solution to this problem is to make you faint. Now that your head is at the same level as your heart, the problem is solved. A true solution is more complicated. ...Read more

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Can you die from cough syncope?

Can you die from cough syncope?

Unlikely: It would be very rare but possible if you past out and fell injuring your head. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is cough syncope?

What sort of disorder is cough syncope?

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 lead to dizziness or even fainting. Treatment is directed at cough prevention. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for cough syncope?

Is there a cure for cough syncope?

Yes: Stop the cough with strong cough suppressants. Evaluate pt. Why he/she coughs. ...Read more

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Cough Syncope (Definition)

Some people are susceptible to changes in their blood pressure when they change position, move their head suddenly, or cough. The resultant fall of blood pressure leads to decrease blood flow to the brain. Your brain's idea of a solution to this problem is to make you faint. Now that your head is at the same level as your heart, the problem is solved. A true ...Read more


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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