How it can be di­ag­nosed and treated


Usu­ally syn­cope is not dan­ger­ous aside from the dan­ger of suf­fer­ing in­jury from the fall, or if you faint while driv­ing. The doc­tor will need to know what you were do­ing and how you were feel­ing when you passed out, how long you were un­con­scious, if you were con­fused af­ter­wards, if this hap­pened to you be­fore, what med­i­ca­tions you are cur­rently tak­ing, and any med­i­cal con­di­tions you may have. The his­tory of­ten gives many im­por­tant clues for the cause of syn­cope. The doc­tor will then ex­am­ine you, check­ing your heart rate and blood pres­sure and lis­ten­ing to your heart, along with order­ing blood tests, and a heart trac­ing (EKG) to look for pos­si­ble car­diac ab­nor­mal­ity.

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