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What can you tell me about syncope, especially the cardiac related?

I'm doing a paper on heart conditions, and I have to talk about syncope caused by cardiac conditions. I've read some about it, but I'm trying to get the practical side of it. How ofter someone with the condition faints? For how long? What are the symptoms before it happens? Any ways to prevent those? What age range does it normally affect? Thanks.

Syncope can affect any age group. As you may have read, there are various reasons that may cause it. The frequency varies with individual. If the event is triggered, the person may have it once or twice in a lifetime, or weekly. The time in which they pass out also varies on what the initial cause of it is.

Before someone faints, they may have less than a second up to a minute or so to know that it is going to happen. Often it is lightheartedness that they feel. They may feel dizzy, or suddenly weak.

Prevention is focused on finding why it is happening.

Good luck on your paper, and hope I helped!  (+ info)

What are the effects of smoking weed with neurocardiogenic syncope?

I have been diagnosed with this thing called neurocardiogenic syncope where if not enough blood gets to my brain then I will fain. It happens most often just after excercise or sometimes after I have been laying down and I suddenly get up. Do you think that smoking marijuana when you have this would produce any more negative effects than just smoking at all?

I think I have that too, I get up from watching tv or laying in bed really fast, get a little dizzy, and i fall down on the ground and black out for approximately a minute or 2. I've smoked weed and it has never affected me, but I have not been diagnosed with neurocardiogenic syncope. I'll try and see if I can get a diagnosis for it to see if I actually have it but like I said, those same things happen to me after getting up, or exercising a lot.  (+ info)

If a person is dionosed in March they have Vasovagal Syncope how many spells are they suposed to of had by Now?

Vasovagal Syncope is a type of fainting spells caused by the BP and oxygen to the Brain.

there is no set number  (+ info)

Has anyone with vasovagal syncope ever gotten a tattoo, and not faint?

I've been wanting a specific tattoo that is relavent to my family history for the past 5 years, but I have a condition called vasovagal syncope. I have obviously never had a tattoo, and was wondering if it is even possible to get a tattoo with this condition. If anyone has this condition and has had a tattoo, could they tell me how it went? I really want to know, because I don't know anyone who has this condition.

you would have to discuss it with your artist since your disorder causes fainting spells at the sight of blood it doesn't seem like a good idea to get one. Tattoos can bleed no matter where you get them.  (+ info)

describe the hemodynamic changes that would explain vasovagal syncope?

this is a question in my lab that i have to do and i have nooo idea what to put :/ the whole question is: Vasovagal syncope is a condition in which severe pain or fright activates the parasympathetic nervous system instead of the sympathetic nervous system, resulting in fainting. Keeping in mind that the parasympathetic system causes a response opposite to that of the sympathetic system, describe the hemodynamic changes that would explain this.

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Does anyone else have vasovagal syncope?

I have vasovagal syncope and i've never even heard of anyone else having it, but my doctor says its very common in people my age. Does anyone out there even know someone who has it?

i have it too. i have had it for about two years now. mine isnt too severe and i have it under control so it doesnt bother me too much anymore! i'm 17.  (+ info)

How can I get over my vasovagal syncope in Health class?

I am going to be a sophomore this year and I have health for the first semester. What triggers my nausea and fainting spells are usually when someone is describing a medical condition or something. Even last semester when my teacher was teaching CPR, I threw up and had to go home. Is there anyone else who has this? Are there any tips that would be good for helping me during this situation or to get my mind off of it at the time?

Thank you soooo much!

I used to have this same thing! One cause was seeing blood, as in graphic abortion films and stuff that they made us watch back then. One was that I was underweight at that time and my blood pressure was very low; in VVS, it plummets even lower and you faint. Another was a too-warm room! So try not to get overheated, especially. Even as an adult, I was fainting when standing up out of a hot bath, because my blood pressure would drop so precipitously. Try putting a cold cloth or ice on your forehead, temples or the back of your neck. And you may just have to avoid gruesome sights and subjects altogether. Some people are just squeamish.
I kind of grew out of it, literally, as I am overweight now and blood pressure is high. But I wouldn't recommend that avenue! Good luck.  (+ info)

What is the difference between POTS and Neurocardiogenic syncope?

POTS also known as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is caused by the bodies inability to react to a change in position. When you lay down for a while and then quickly change to a standing position, your body reacts by speeding up the heart (tachycardia) to compensate.
Neurocardiogenic syncope is also known as vaso-vagal syndrome. In this instance the body responds to changes by dropping blood pressure and pulse rates. This can occur when you strain to hard at a bowel movement, after a really large meal, or any time you hold your breath and push really hard with your abdominal muscles.  (+ info)

Is it safe to have elective surgery if you have vasovagal syncope?

I have had fainting spells due to giving blood, emotional startles, etc...And in a month I am having elective surgery and I am wondering if it is safe for me to go under? And if not why? and if it is okay, how can I prepare?

it should not interfere in any way with the safety of the surgery, but be sure to tell the anesthesiologist, whom you will see prior to surgery, that you have this tendency.  (+ info)

Is getting out of a tub a common cause of vasovagal syncope?

I had just gotten home so i decided to take a very hot bath, so i was sitting. When i went to get out i began to come very dizzy, my vision faded to black and i could feel something in my ears,then i lost consciousness for what felt like a while. when i woke up from fainting i did not feel well. Is what happened to me vasovagal syncope, or a common cause of it?

I have had episodes of vasovagal syncope. However, I have never had an episode after sitting in hot water. I think it is normal for this to happen because hot water will expand your blood vessels which could result in less blood being pumped to your brain and therefore would result in dizziness and possible fainting. Once you have fainted, there is always a period of not feeling well which can last from a few minutes to a few hours.
My vasovagal episodes are more related to drawing of blood or being involved in upsetting situations which trigger a drop in blood pressure and subsequent dizziness or fainting.  (+ info)

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