What is syncope?

Syncope, more commonly referred to as fainting or “passing out”, is typically related to low blood pressure or insufficient blood flow to the brain resulting in the temporary loss of consciousness.Syncope can be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition, or is can be a result of one of many non life threatening triggers.

What causes syncope?

Syncope can be induced by factors such as dehydration, low blood pressure, overexertion, heavy sweating, or exhaustion. It can also occur when the part of the nervous system that regulates blood pressure malfunctions as a result of emotional stress or pain. This is the most common form of syncope and is called vasovagal syncope.

Some forms of syncope are very serious and can be a result of an underlying cardiac condition. If you are experiencing syncope it is important to see a doctor.

How is syncope treated?

Dr. Jain treats complaints of syncope from patients seriously and investigates the root cause thoroughly. In order to determine the underlying cause, a physical examination and medical history review may be conducted, along with additional testing such as an ECG when warranted. Once a cause is determined, Dr. Jain will work with his patients to develop the best plan of action, which may include lifestyle changes and medication.

If you feel like you might be experiencing syncope or are feeling dizzy or nauseous, sit or lie down and call a doctor.