Features October 2018 Issue

Fainting May Indicate an Underlying Heart Problem

Any underlying heart condition causing fainting needs to be treated.

Fainting May Indicate an Underlying Heart Problem

Here’s how to tell whether you need to be evaluated.

Sixty percent of people in the world have fainted at least once in their life. In most cases, the underlying reason is a benign condition called vasovagal syncope (the medical word for “fainting”). It occurs when blood pressure suddenly plummets, causing a drop in blood flow to the brain.

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