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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is neurally mediated syncope?

Neurally mediated syncope or vasovagal syncope is a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure resulting fainting. Common triggers include strain, stress, long periods of standing, heat exposure or sight of blood or something unpleasant.

Symptoms related to neurally mediated syncope

  • Losing consciousness

  • Feeling fatigued in the morning

  • Feeling lightheaded or fainting after passing urine or motion

  • Have ever fainted after standing up

  • Fainting from severe pain

  • Nausea or vomiting after eating

  • Fainted when coughing

Questions your doctor may ask to check for neurally mediated syncope

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose neurally mediated syncope

  • Have you currently regained consciousness after temporarily losing consciousness?

  • Do you normally feel fatigued in the mornings?

  • Did you feel dizzy or faint after passing motion or urine?

  • Have you ever lost consciousness after standing up?

  • Have you ever lost consciousness due to extreme pain?

Treatment for neurally mediated syncope

Treatment usually involves behavioral modifications, trigger avoidance and medication. Rarely a pacemaker may be required.

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