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How are fainting and going unconscious different?

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Dr. Marc Bloom
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In brief: Depends on cause

Fainting is usually caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure, often from suddenly standing or sitting up.
Isometimes, a strong stimulus can cause the autonomic nervous system to over-react, lowering the blood pressure. The best treatment for fainting is usually to lie the person down and raise their feet. Going unconscious can be from very many reasons and each cause has a different treatment.

In brief: Depends on cause

Fainting is usually caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure, often from suddenly standing or sitting up.
Isometimes, a strong stimulus can cause the autonomic nervous system to over-react, lowering the blood pressure. The best treatment for fainting is usually to lie the person down and raise their feet. Going unconscious can be from very many reasons and each cause has a different treatment.
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