Fainting: cause for alarm?

January 2016
Healthy Years;Jan2016, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p7
The article reports on the possible causes for fainting citing reference to a study published in the journal "Neurology." Topics discussed include fainting due to temporary drop in blood pressure; various serious medical issue responsible for frequent fainting like heart blockage, heart arrhythmia, and pulmonary embolism (PE); and the role of vasovagal syncope in contributing to fainting.


Related Articles

  • Arrhythmic syncope in neurogenic orthostatic hypotension: two case reports. Stefano, Cristina; Milazzo, Valeria; Sobrero, Gabriele; Ravera, Agnese; Maule, Simona; Veglio, Franco // Clinical Autonomic Research;Aug2014, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p195 

    Patients with autonomic failure experience orthostatic hypotension (OH) often leading to syncope. Arrhythmias may cause severe syncope, characterized by an increased risk of mortality. We report two cases of patients with primary autonomic neuropathy suffering from both severe OH and arrhythmic...

  • Maintained cerebrovascular function during post-exercise hypotension. Willie, Christopher; Ainslie, Philip; Taylor, Chloe; Eves, Neil; Tzeng, Yu-Chieh // European Journal of Applied Physiology;Jun2013, Vol. 113 Issue 6, p1597 

    The post-exercise period is associated with hypotension, and an increased risk of syncope attributed to decreases in venous return and/or vascular resistance. Increased local and systemic vasodilators, sympatholysis, and attenuated baroreflex sensitivity following exercise are also manifest....

  • Reversal of cognitive deficit by cardiac pacing in a young man with dystrophia myotonica. Roche, S. W.; Schwarz, A.; Lane, R. J. M.; Bridges, L. R. // Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine;Oct1991, Vol. 84 Issue 10, p625 

    The article presents the case report of a patient with dystrophia myotonica who developed heart block and chronic hypotension, which resulted in cognitive impairment. The impairment was substantially reduced by cardiac pacing. Ultimately the patient died a pulmonary embolus. In the postmortem,...

  • Bloqueo auriculoventricular completo en paciente con tromboembolia pulmonar. Jiménez-Díaz, Javier; González-Ferrer, Juan J.; González-Marín, Arantzazu; Ruíz-Lorenzo, Francisco; Benezet-Peñaranda, Juan // Archivos de Cardiología de México;ene-mar2014, Vol. 84 Issue 1, p63 

    No abstract available.

  • CORRECTION.  // CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/19/2015, Vol. 187 Issue 8, p603 

    A correction to an article about bifascicular, Mobitz II second-degree, or complete heart block published in the January 6, 2015 issue is presented.

  • The FAINTING MYSTERY. BROWN, ERIC // Massage & Bodywork;Jan/Feb2014, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p58 

    The article discusses several prospects of fainting in human being. It enlists several probable reasons for fainting which include anemia, anxiety and blood loss from a wound or internal bleeding. Also mentions about a hypothesis focusing on fainting reflex triggered with chair massage. Several...

  • Emergent Surgery for Massive Pulmonary Embolism. Brevetti, Gregory B.; O'Brien, Benjamin; Coomer, Cynara L.; Hall, Timothy S; Brevetti, Lucy S.; Jablons, David M. // Texas Heart Institute Journal;2003, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p149 

    We treated a 52 year-old man for a large pleura/effusion that had occurred after he fell from a ladder. Upon discharge from the hospital the patient collapsed and was nonresponsive and hypotensive. We suspected the cause to be pulmonary embolism. When it became evident that this patient would...

  • Laparoscopic ventral/incisional hernia repair: a single centre experience of 1,242 patients over a period of 13 years. Sharma, A.; Mehrotra, M.; Khullar, R.; Soni, V.; Baijal, M.; Chowbey, P. K. // Hernia;Apr2011, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p131 

    Background and purpose: Laparoscopic technique is now well established for ventral/incisional hernia repair. However several issues such as optimal fixation technique, occult hernias, management of inadvertent enterotomies, postoperative seromas and recurrence require appraisal. Methods: A...

  • 69 SCREENING FOR FALLS AND SYNCOPE RISK FACTORS IN PRIMARY CARE IS CLINICALLY EFFECTIVE: PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF THE NORTH TYNESIDE FALLS PREVENTION SERVICE (NTFPS). Parry, S. W.; Green, D.; Lawson, N.; Trundle, H.; Strassheim, V.; Jaafar, A.; Vardy, E.; Early,, P.; Gray, S.; Lawson, J. // Age & Ageing;Jun2014, Vol. 43 Issue suppl_1, pi16 

    Background: Falls are a major health and health economic burden but case ascertainment remains inadequate. The NTFPS was developed to proactively screen for falls risk factors in primary care. We present data from the Service's first 3 years operation.N = 3308Number%Referred for Dexa following...


Read the Article

Courtesy of

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics