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The old black-and-white movies commonly depicted women fainting over a dramatic or overwhelming situation. Today, we know that fainting, or syncope, can result from several causes. Frequent syncopal episodes require emergency care to determine if it signals a more serious medical condition.
If you’ve had syncope fainting and either injured yourself or are concerned about its cause, visit a Dignity Health Central Coast ER for care with humankindness.
Unexpected fainting or sudden loss of consciousness result from the temporary interruption of blood flow to your brain. Syncope causes can occur from standing for too long a time, exercising, or being involved in an emotional situation.
Other causes that can lead to a syncope episode, including:
Your doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and additional information to determine if your fainting spell is related to a less serious cause or something that points to a more serious, possibly life-threatening situation, such as:
These scenarios can indicate arrhythmias, heart problems, valve or heart disease, or heart attack. Diagnostic tests, such an electrocardiogram (EKG), blood tests, and exercise stress tests, help your doctor diagnose your condition. A personalized treatment plan will help prevent future episodes of syncope, as well as treat any underlying causes.
Your health and well-being always remain our primary focus. Find a Doctor today at Dignity Health Central Coast to discuss your syncope episodes and possible heart-related condition.
Dignity Health offers emergency care and diagnosis for syncope on the Central Coast of California.