Syncope

Self-care

If feeling faint, sit and lower head between knees or lie down. Tense leg muscles when standing for a long time, but avoid prolonged standing whenever possible.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Multiple episodes
  • Chest pain or irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness or cold sweats
  • Family history of syncope or sudden death

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • First time fainting

Last Updated May 25, 2018


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