Also known as: neurally mediated syncope, NMS, vasovagal syncope, vasodepressor syncope, reflex mediated syncope, neurocardiogenic syncope
What is Fainting (syncope)?
Syncope is the medical term for the sudden brief, temporary loss of consciousness that is also known as fainting. Up to 15% of children have fainting episodes
What causes fainting (syncope)?
Syncope is caused by the relaxation of blood vessels causing a drop in blood pressure with less blood getting to the brain. Usually fainting is not a sign of serious disease, however syncope can have both mild and serious causes. There are a wide variety of conditions that can lead to syncope, including changes in circulation or blood pressure, stress, heat exhaustion, coughing spells and certain medications. A number of medical conditions can cause syncope as a side effect.
What are the symptoms of fainting (syncope)?
Syncope is typically viewed as a symptom itself of other conditions. Prior to the loss of consciousness, a person may experience dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, pale skin, sweating or vision problems.
What are fainting (syncope) care options?
Fainting merits a visit to the doctor, as it can be a sign of more serious medical conditions. A doctor can assess the potential causes of the fainting and choose appropriate care options based on those.
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Congratulations to Heart Program physicians, Leo Lopez & Kristine Guleserian, on hosting the International Society for Nomenclature of Paediatric and Congenital Heart Disease's Annual Meeting.
The Jessica Clinton MVP Foundation hosted a free heart screening event on Saturday at the Florida Department of Health in Port St. Lucie. The Heart Program's own Dr. David Drossner supported this event as a pediatric heart expert.