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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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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

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

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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Why did I have micturition syncope?

Why did I have micturition syncope?

See below: Voiding is a vagal maneuver. If your heart rate is low or blood pressure is low or you are elderly you are at risk of fainting usually incombination as noted above. ...Read more

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So must I call my doctor if I have syncope?

Probably a good idea: Syncope is common. Common causes: emotion, dehydration, medications. Abnormalities of heart rhythm increase with age. Cardiomyopathy is rare but possible in younger patients. If first episode and there is a clear precipitant it is probably not necessary to see doc right away. But if recurrent or no clear explanation see doc soon. ...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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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'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 , dont 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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Why did I have a near-syncope episode after giving blood?

Why did I have a near-syncope episode after giving blood?

Be careful: It is common to feel somewhat light headed after donating blood. Everyone reacts differently, but by donating you are briefly compromising your own circulatory effectiveness for a short period of time. It rebounds very quickly. ...Read more

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Can you out grow neurocardiogenic syncope? I went and got a 3rd opinion and the dr said i would out grow this.

Can you out grow neurocardiogenic syncope? I went and got a 3rd opinion and the dr said i would out grow this.

Yes: I agree with your 3rd opinion.It isn't so much as aging but teaching your body(and mind) to cope with the stressors causing the symptoms ...Read more

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Syncope or epIipsey? Ive had spells since 9. Last few I twitched after loss of conciousness and smelled iron.when I wake up at night I feel vibration

An EEG within 10 : days of your last episode would likely show abnormal electrical discharges, if it were a seizure. An overnight sleep study with EEG montage would show why you night-wake & an epileptic pattern if your sensory symptoms are accompanied by seizure activity. Other causes of syncope can be cardiac or neurologic in origin, or from a systemic disorder. See your doctor for appropriate referrals. ...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?

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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What can I do to relieve my syncope symptoms?

What can I do to relieve my syncope symptoms?

Need full eval: First you need to find the cause of the syncope - is it vasovagal? Pots (posture related), irregular heart rhythm, low blood sugar or low blood pressure among others. You need to see a doc for full evaluation then treatment will depend on the cause. (www.Chrisohmd.Com). ...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

Passed Out (Definition)

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