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Syncope is when a temporarily loss of consciousness due to insufficient blood flow to the brain. Syncope is also referred to as “fainting” or “passing out”. This occurs when the blood pressure is too low so the heart cannot pump enough oxygen rich blood to the brain.
There are many causes to syncope, life threatening and non-life threatening. Causes include:
Patients that feel an episode of syncope may feel some premonitory symptoms. These symptoms include
Imaging and Diagnostics:
There are many ways for the doctor to diagnose syncope. Below are tests that the doctor may ask the patient to make a proper diagnosis
The treatment for syncope will depend on what is causing it and the results of the imaging tests. Treatment options the doctor may suggest include