Help, Nan’s fainted!

Prima (UK) - - Best Of Health -

Feel­ing faint is caused by a va­ri­ety of trig­gers that can re­sult in re­duced supply of blood, oxy­gen or glu­cose to the brain. Eat­ing a large meal, mean­ing blood is di­verted away from your main cir­cu­la­tion to help with di­ges­tion, can also make you feel faint. If faint­ness is due to over­breath­ing (eg, anx­i­ety or panic at­tack), slow­ing down breath­ing or breath­ing in and out of cupped hands (to rein­hale car­bon diox­ide) helps. If some­one feels faint, get them to lie down – this helps re­store blood flow to the head, and en­sures they can’t in­jure them­selves by fall­ing. Rais­ing legs up on a few cush­ions helps to re­store blood flow, too. If you think it might be some­thing more than a sim­ple faint, seek med­i­cal ad­vice.

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