Syncope is a condition where the patient experiences signs of dizziness and feeling faint due to fall in the blood pressure levels. This happens very randomly and is signified with the loss of muscle strength, student feeling of dizziness and haziness in front of the eyes and fainting. However, the fainting usually is for a short period and the patient wakes up within 2-5 minutes of the same.
HOW IS SYNCOPE DIAGNOSED?
A Cardiologist diagnoses Syncope by performing a physical examination and examining the medical history of the patient. Additional may also be ordered by the doctor such as blood test to check for any chemical imbalances, head CT scan, Echocardiogram, and ECG.
HOW IS SYNCOPE TREATED?
No treatment is needed for many non-cardiac causes of syncope (such as postural hypotension, vasovagal reaction, and situational syncope). The person regains consciousness by simply sitting or lying down. The person is thereafter advised to avoid trigger situations, to not strain while eliminating, to sit when coughing, to lie down for blood drawing, etc. Older people should have their medications reviewed and caution is advised to slow the process of changing positions from lying to standing. This simple technique can allow the body to adjust to the new position
DID YOU KNOW?
Syncope is a mechanism used by the brain to help us survive. If brain blood and oxygen levels drop considerably the brain immediately shuts down all other non-vital parts of the body so that resources can focus primarily on vital organs.