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My doctors says I have cough syncope? What is this and will it go away?

My doctors says I have cough syncope? What is this and will it go away?

Too much pressure: Cough syncope is a condition where you pass out after a coughing spell. Many times this is due to simply being dehydrated. The reason this can happen is this: when you cough, you generate a lot of pressure in the chest. This can compress the veins leading to your heart, which then supply the rest of the body. If you are dehydrated, the veins can more easily collapse, causing the fainting. ...Read more

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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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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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 people with cough syncope have a lot of pain?

Do people with cough syncope have a lot of pain?

Usually not: Unless you break a bone when you pass out. Actually the cough that leads to syncope is usually a powerful cough and that can result in pain, but the syndrome itself is not associated with pain. ...Read more

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What is best treatment for cough syncope besides quitting smoking?

What is best treatment for cough syncope besides quitting smoking?

See Doctor: Cough can have many causes and should be evaluated by your Doctor in order to determine the right treatment course. Stopping smoking would be appropriate. ...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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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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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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more