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Can I die from syncope if I ignore it?

Can I die from syncope if I ignore it?

Depends on cause: Syncope can be due to a simple faint (like having blood drawn) or it can be due to serious heart disease with dangerous arrhythmias. The causes are legion. Some don't involve the heart at all like low blood sugar or epilepsy. You should discuss your syncope with someone who knows your full medical history to see if additional testing is necessary. ...Read more

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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What are the common triggers of syncope?

What are the common triggers of syncope?

Syncope triggers: The triggers for syncope depends on the type of syncope. For vasovagal or neurocardiogenic syncope the common triggers are dehydration and stimulants like caffeine, nicotine, decongestants and dietary aides or supplements. As always talk your doctor for more details. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have syncope?

Could it be something bad if I have syncope?

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. ...Read more

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Should syncope patients have a wheelchair?

Should syncope patients have a wheelchair?

Syncope: Most syncope patients have no need for a wheelchair. There certainly may be some who do need a wheelchair but their doctor should be the one who recommends it, or perhaps a physical therapist if they are associated with one. ...Read more

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What is neurocardiogenic syncope?

What is neurocardiogenic syncope?

Syncope: Now more commonly called vasodepressor syncope is a complex telex involving feedback from brain and circulation system ...Read more

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What's the first treatment of syncope?

Syncope: A good medical, neurological, cardiopulmonary evaluation. Find reversible and treatable causes. Keep patient stable. ...Read more

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How is syncope diagnosed in expectant mothers?

How is syncope diagnosed in expectant mothers?

Limited: Due to the pregnancy, labs, 2 echo and holter would be first studies ordered. 30day event recorder may be needed if symptoms are intermittant. Really can't do stress testing or tilt table tests. She needs to stay hydrated, don't get up too quickly, eat regularly, get plenty of sleep, support socks. BP should be taken with pt lying then sitting then standing to see if BP drops severly or becomes symp. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for convulsive syncope?

Are there any treatments for convulsive syncope?

Yes: First, correct the cause of syncope. If the cause of syncope is not readily treatable, use anticonvulsants to control the seizures. And use them on a regular basis, as opposed to when you are feeling symptomatic, ie "pre-syncopal". ...Read more

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Epilepsy or syncope?

Common dilema: Whether an event is a seizure or syncope is a common question. You have had part of an evaluation for epilepsy. What needs to be done is see a cardiologist and have a tilt table study for syncope. ...Read more

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Is syncope the same thing as fainting?

Syncope.: Temporary loss of consciousness from lowering of blood pressure or insufficient oxygen supply to the brain. Can be sometimes used interchangeably. ...Read more

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How is syncope different from fainting?

How is syncope different from fainting?

No difference: Syncope is commonly used in medical settings, while fainting is used in everyday language, both to mean the same thing. ...Read more

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Will a person have syncope all his life?

Usually not: Syncope can be infrequent in most people without an underlying medical diagnosis. Many times simple lifestyle adjustments can diminish or stop future episodes. It really depends upon the individual. ...Read more

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Must I seek immediate help if I have syncope?

Must I seek immediate help if I have syncope?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: syncope?

Fainting: 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% of emergency room visits. ...Read more

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Neurocardiac syncope, what is cause, cure?

Neurocardiac syncope, what is cause, cure?

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. ...Read more

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Is syncope associated with nerve impingment?

Absolutely not: The causes of syncope could be anywhere between something as benign as vasivagal syncope or postural orthostatic syncope to something as malignant and dangerous as ventricular tachyarrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest. Please contact your doctor/ cardiologist and preferably a cardiac electrophysiologist to investigate further. ...Read more

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

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

No: There are too many possibilities. Syncope (loss of consciousness) may be due to a simple faint (vasodepressor reaction) or be due to serious, even life threatening conditions such as certain disorders of cardiac rhythm or valve disorders. Before any treatment is considered, evaluation and diagnosis are required to rule out the dangerous causes. ...Read more

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How/why does hyperventilation sometimes lead to syncope?

How/why does hyperventilation sometimes lead to syncope?

Carbon dioxide: This is the main "driver" for us to breathe. Co2 levels in the brain cause the respiratory center to signal breathing. When you hyperventilate you blow off a lot of co2 and the brain senses no need to breathe. Another driver is oxygen but since your o2 levels be high, the brain senses you have enough o2. ...Read more

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What would happed if someone with wilson's disease donated plasma? Could syncope happen even 2wks after?

Probably unrelated: It is improbable that donating plasma would contribute to syncope 2 weeks later. ...Read more

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I had an episode of syncope while driving. Am I more likely to suffer this again having already had an episode of it?

It depends: The answer to this depends on the reason for the syncope, and whether it's been addressed & treated or not. Syncope can come from many sources -- drug effects, blood pressure problems, blood sugar problems, heart rhythm disturbances, etc. You really need to work with your own doctor about this -- could be fatal for you, your passengers, and other drivers if you don't. ...Read more

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What's heat syncope?

Passing out: Syncope is a generic term for passing out. Alot of things can cause it, some serious, some not so serious.

So heat syncope would be, passing out due to the heat.

Stay well hydrated! ...Read more

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What is heat syncope?

What is heat syncope?

Overheats and faints: A person who gets overheated will automatically dilate (widen) the blood vessels in his skin so that more blood will flow to the skin. His body does this in hopes of cooling him down, just like the elephant who sends more blood to his ears to cool his body down. The person, however, feels lightheaded and may faint because there is not enough blood flowing his brain (too much blood is in the skin). ...Read more

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What is neuro-cardiogenic syncope?

Syncope: Neuro-cardiogenic syncope is a loss of awareness / fainting due to decreased blood flow to the brain. It tends to occur due to an over-active reflex in the arteries in the front of the neck. Another term for this is vaso-vagal syncope. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of syncope?

Decr brain bloodflow: Syncope (loss of consciousness) is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. Most cases are cardiogenic in nature (for example, arrhythmias), but other causes can include vasovagal response, carotid artery compression, vertebrobasilar system disease, etc. See your primary care provider for further discussion if you've experienced syncope. Http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/syncope/syncope. Htm ...Read more

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What are the risks of having syncope while driving?

Driving Miss Syncope: Syncope is fainting syncope is passing out syncope is losing consciousness syncope while driving is extremely bad and life threatening to everyone on the road not just the person passing out. Think "car going into oncoming traffic" or "car going into a playground" while the driver has losses consciousness. ...Read more

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What is cough syncope?

What is cough syncope?

Yes: Cough syncope is passing out in relation to coughing. It is caused by a drop in blood pressure which is caused by the cough stimulating the vagus nerve which leads to the loss in blood pressure. It is the same mechanism as the common "fainting spell" some people have. ...Read more

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What's 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

Passed Out (Definition)

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