Users' questions

Can you have a fit when you faint?

Can you have a fit when you faint?

If you stay sitting up, your brain will remain starved of oxygen for longer, and during your faint you might even have jerky movements, that can be misinterpreted as a fit. Some people are incontinent during a profound faint. Again this is not evidence that the collapse was a fit.

Why did I faint and fit?

Many different conditions can cause fainting. These include heart problems such as irregular heart beats, seizures, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), anemia (a deficiency in healthy oxygen carrying cells), and problems with how the nervous system (the body’s system of nerves) regulates blood pressure.

What are the signs and symptoms of syncope?

These can include syncope (fainting), pre-syncope (near fainting, usually associated with feeling light-headed), sweating, tiredness, slow thinking (brain fog), nausea, visual blurring, hearing disturbances, headache, palpitations, neck pain, breathlessness and chest pain.

When do you regain consciousness after vasovagal syncope?

Vasovagal syncope almost always occurs when the victim is standing or sitting upright (when blood pooling in the legs can occur), and it virtually never happens while lying down. People who have vasovagal syncope usually regain consciousness after a few seconds, once they have fallen (or, if they’re lucky, are helped) to the ground.

What should I do if I have syncope in my Heart?

For athletes, a cardiovascular assessment by a healthcare provider is recommended before resuming competitive sports. Those with syncope and a structural heart rhythm disorder should also see a specialist. Extended monitoring may help athletes with unexplained exertional syncope.

Is it safe to drive after a syncope episode?

When it comes to driving after a syncope episode, there are no restrictions for VVS patients who had no fainting spells in the previous year. Still, it may be helpful for healthcare providers to discuss regional driving laws, restrictions and implications with all patients.

How is syncope associated with head and neck pain?

Neither patient had a previous diagnosis of malignancy. Both cases had prominent unilateral head and neck pain. The exact mechanism of syncope in head and neck malignancy is not well characterised, but is probably similar to that of the carotid sinus syndrome (CSS).

How to know if you have syncope or pre syncope?

Someone with pre-syncope may be lightheaded (dizzy) or nauseated, have a visual “gray out” or trouble hearing, have palpitations, or feel weak or suddenly sweaty. When discussing syncope with your doctor, you should note episodes of pre-syncope as well.

Can a 71 year old man get syncope?

A 71 year old man described an overnight change in his voice, becoming hoarse and strained. He also developed difficulty in swallowing with occasional coughing after swallowing. Two days later he developed a headache affecting the left side of his head, predominantly posteriorly and radiating to his neck.

How is syncope associated with pain as a presenting feature?

On admission, he was in sinus rhythm with a heart rate of 68 beats/min and his blood pressure was 155/70 mm Hg lying and 102/58 standing. Neurological examination was normal. Shortly after admission, he had one further episode of feeling faint and he collapsed but without loss of consciousness.