Syncope, also known as fainting, happens when a person loses consciousness for a short time because the brain isn't getting enough oxygen. A spell of Syncope generally lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes. In many cases, Syncope is triggered by a number of factors such as severe pain, emotional trauma, low blood sugar due to diabetes, and dehydration. There are three types of Syncope namely Vasovagal Syncope, Carotid Sinus Syncope and Situational Syncope.
HOW IS SYNCOPE DIAGNOSED?
No specific laboratory testing has sufficient power to be absolutely indicated for evaluation of syncope. Tests may include:
• Exercise stress test.
• Blood tests.
• Tilt table test
HOW IS SYNCOPE TREATED?
The treatment of Syncope will depend upon the cause and in most of the cases, medication will treat this condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Syncope in itself is not dangerous but the fall from fainting could be.