Internal Medicine & Cardiology located in Boynton Beach, FL
A sudden decrease in blood flow to your brain may lead to syncope, or what you may know better as fainting. While syncope is common, you should never ignore it. If you’re experiencing fainting spells, the team at Verma Health in Boynton Beach, Florida, can determine the cause of your syncope and provide the most appropriate treatment plan. Call the office or request an appointment online today.
Syncope Q & A
What is syncope?
Syncope is the medical term for fainting. It occurs due to a decrease in blood flow to the brain. While it’s not uncommon to lose consciousness during a syncopal episode, in most cases, you should wake up within seconds.
Syncope is common, and your risk of the unexpected fainting spells may increase as you get older.
What are the symptoms of syncope?
It’s not uncommon to experience lightheadedness or nausea before you faint. Other symptoms of syncope include:
- Blacking out
- Unexpected falling
- Feeling drowsy
If you have any premonitory symptoms, you may be able to stop your syncope by sitting or lying down.
What are the types of syncope?
There are multiple categories of syncope based on the underlying cause. Some of the types include:
Vasovagal syncope is the most common and occurs due to a drop in blood pressure.
Going too long without eating or not drinking enough water may lead to situational syncope.
Postural syncope occurs when your blood pressure drops due to a sudden change in position, such as standing up too quickly.
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
A sudden increase in your heartbeat, referred to as tachycardia, after standing up too quickly can also lead to syncope.
In some cases, the cause of syncope is unknown.
What can I expect during an examination for syncope?
The team at Verma Health conduct comprehensive examinations when you come to the office with reports of syncope. The goal of the examination is to identify the underlying cause of your fainting. During the examination, your provider reviews your medical history, medication and supplement use, and symptoms.
They may recommend diagnostic tests, such as an electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram or stress test, to determine the cause of your fainting spells.
What are the treatments for syncope?
The team at Verma Health develops personalized treatment plans for the management of syncope based on the underlying cause. Treatment is highly dependent upon the cause of your syncope. Your treatment plan may include:
- Alterations in medication
- Diet and lifestyle changes
- Taking precaution when getting up from a prone or sitting position
- Avoiding syncope triggers
If your syncope is due to an underlying cardiac condition, the team directs care at improving heart health, which may include the implantation of a pacemaker or a cardiac defibrillator.
Syncope is common and needs evaluation. For a comprehensive exam from a team of experts, call Verma Health today, or request an appointment online.
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