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Fainting (syncope)

Also known as: neurally mediated syncope, NMS, vasovagal syncope, vasodepressor syncope, reflex mediated syncope, neurocardiogenic syncope

What is Fainting (syncope)?

When you lose consciousness briefly or temporarily, this is known as fainting. The medical term for fainting is syncope.

What causes fainting (syncope)? 

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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