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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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What could the causes of syncope be?

What could the causes of syncope be?

Broad question: There are volumes of books and week long seminars on the topic. Common causes are orthostatic hypo tension where BP drops when standing too quikly, heart block that may need a pace maker, structual heart disease such as hocm and as, etc. You need a full history and physical, ecg, labs echo, holter to start. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the causes of syncope in youngsters?

Multiple: Syncope (fainting) is a relatively common occurence, particularly in teens and pre-teens. Ultimately it is due to low blood pressure to the brain, but has many triggers (standing too long, getting up quickly, sight of blood, sudden trauma, etc). Kids who faint should be evaluated, but the cure is usually increased fluid and sodium intake. In some, medications may be used to help. ...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

Passed Out (Definition)

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