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Dr. Marc Bloom
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Unconsciousness (Overview)

Unconsciousness is a state of being unresponsive to stimuli, and unaware. People who faint are temporarily unconscious, and people in a coma are in a long-term state of unconsciousness.


Dr. Alan Krause
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What can cause unconscious teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism) whilst asleep?

Clenching: Stress...The body subconsciously clenches and grinds in the sleep to try and alleviate the stress. A night guard is the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Marc Bloom
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Unconsciousness (Overview)

Unconsciousness is a state of being unresponsive to stimuli, and unaware. People who faint are temporarily unconscious, and people in a coma are in a long-term state of unconsciousness.


Dr. Mark Rasak
Board Certified, Cardiology
27 years in practice
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What does a fast heart rate on an unconscious victim mean?

What does a fast heart rate on an unconscious victim mean?

Too broad: It can mean many things. Sepsis, shock from bleeding, pulmonary embolus etc. Need to have more info than just tachycardia. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Alexander Gorup
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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How can you treat someone with a nose bleed and unconscious ?

How can you treat someone with a nose bleed and unconscious ?

Call 911: Not sure what scenario you are describing but an unconscious person with a nosebleed warrants EMS to figure things out. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Sucher
Board Certified, Trauma Surgery
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If patient has been unconscious for 3 days without being treated, will patient come out to the coma? She was found 3 1/2 days later....

Unclear: There is no definitive answer, as there are very many mitigating factors. In and of itself, it is possible to recover from a coma. Recovery mostly depends on what caused the coma and if damage (if any detectable damage) is reversible. Speak honestly and openly with your medical team, they should do the same in answering your questions. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. LERENA Yielding
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Should paramedics ask family about dnr status before treating when called to the home of unconscious 92 yo person?

Should paramedics ask family about dnr status before treating when called to the home of unconscious 92 yo person?

Yes: If patient is dnr, they should not have been called in the first place, and they should not provide heroic measures. ...Read more

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Dr. Stanley Schwartz
Board Certified, Endocrinology
46 years in practice
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What do you suggest if my sister has high BP and diabetics and last summer she fell unconscious. after so much treatment, she is stil?

What do you suggest if my sister has high BP and diabetics and last summer she fell unconscious. after so much treatment, she is stil?

See specialist: as current MD should have been successful by now, IF YOUR SISTER HAS BEEN FOLLOWING MDs instructions/ medications ...Read more

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Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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What is cause for sudden unconsciousness?

What is cause for sudden unconsciousness?

Many causes: Losing consciousness is always a serious matter ranging from an emotional trauma (fainting) to a seizure or stroke. Always seek medical care and good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Board Certified, Pain Management
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How long can a patient stay unconscious for after over dosing on prescription drugs ? What's is the danger zone , when should they start to recover

How long can a patient stay unconscious for after over dosing on prescription drugs ? What's is the danger zone , when should they start to recover

Forever: Is not an unusual possibility. Unfortunately the rate of overdose from prescription drugs has increased and has superseded overdose from illicit drugs in many countries. The "danger zone" is infinite and never recover. Emergency care is advisable if unconscious. ...Read more

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Board Certified, Dentistry
35 years in practice
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Is it possible for migraines to be triggered by unconscious teeth clenching? How can I tell?

Is it possible for migraines to be triggered by unconscious teeth clenching? How can I tell?

You cannot: Teeth grinding or brutism is a central neurologic phenomenon. The only thing we can do is to manage its effects by nighttime bite devises. One in particular is effective in reducing the elevating muscles force by up to 70 percent called a nti. It is the only fda approved bite devise for the treatment of migraine pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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38 years in practice
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What is the probability of passing out/becoming unconscious after a fasting blood test - i was told i'm hypoglycemic and need tests done-?

What is the probability of passing out/becoming unconscious after a fasting blood test - i was told i'm hypoglycemic and need tests done-?

Be monitored: Postprandial syndrome ("reactive hypoglycemia") is more of a clinical diagnosis, but if you're to be tested for fasting hypoglycemia, perhaps to rule an insulinoma in or out, have someone with you to resuscitate you should you pass it. It does happen and a competent physician knows how to prevent you from being in danger. Any doubts, get with an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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