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Doctor insights on: Intermittent Syncope

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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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Diagnosed with syncope. What proactive measures can I take to stop the symptoms?

Syncope: Syncope is a symptom of multiple underlying possible entities that can cause it, you need to have a full neurological work up to know the cause. ...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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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

Passed Out (Definition)

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