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Fainting, or Syncope, temporary unconsciousness caused by a decrease in the blood supply to the brain. Fainting is brought on by such conditions as shock, emotional upsets, loss of blood, pain, hunger, or exhaustion. It is commonly preceded by a feeling of lightheadedness and weakness, and by nausea, pallor, and blurring of vision. At this stage, fainting can usually be prevented by sitting down and placing the head between the knees.


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