Fainting (Syncope)

Fainting (Syncope)


The loss of consciousness, or Fainting, can happen for a number of reasons. Fainting is not typically an indication of a major health concern, and is usually caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.The loss of consciousness is typically short in duration and has a quick recovery.

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Symptoms of Fainting


There generally aren’t any indicators that a patient may faint. Some individuals, particularly those who experience regular fainting spells, may feel dizzy or lightheaded moments before they lose consciousness.

If you have recently fainted for the first time, you should seek medical attention to rule out any serious health concerns. Individuals with heart conditions or who experience any of the symptoms below should also seek medical care:

  • Numbness or Tingling, particularly on one side of the body.
  • Problems speaking
  • Confusion
  • Paralysis

These symptoms could indicate a serious health condition so it is imperative that the patient seek medical attention as quickly as possible.


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Treating Fainting


If the patient has fainted suddenly for the first time, diagnostic test will be run to determine the cause. Often, there is no clear medical cause and as long as the fainting does not recur, there is no need for treatment. Treating fainting means treating the root cause of the fainting episodes.