Vasovagal Syncope

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Vasovagal syncope is when a person faints because the body overreacts to a trigger like the sight of blood or emotional distress. Vasovagal syncope will cause the heart rate and blood pressure is drop suddenly.

Causes:

While there is no classical vasovagal syncope trigger, there are some common triggers that may lead to fainting. These triggers include

  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Heat exposure
  • Seeing blood
  • Having blood drawn
  • Fear of bodily injury

Symptoms:

Before the patient faints, they could experience the following

  • Pale skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Yawning
  • Cold, clammy sweat
  • Blurred vision

Imaging and Diagnostics:

There are many ways for the doctor to diagnose vasovagal syncope. Below are tests that the doctor may ask the patient to make a proper diagnosis

  • Electrocardiogram
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress test
  • Blood tests

Treatments:

In most cases, treatment for vasovagal syncope is unnecessary, however, if the patient experiences vasovagal syncope enough, the doctor may suggest some treatment options

  • Medication
  • Therapy

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