Syncope occurs when your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as blood or extreme emotional distress, causing you to faint. This trigger causes your heart rate and your blood pressure to suddenly drop, leading to reduced blood flow to your brain and then loss of consciousness.

Syncope is normally harmless, and generally requires no treatment. It is, however, possible that you injure yourself during a fainting episode. It is not uncommon for your doctor to recommend testing in order to rule out more serious causes of fainting, such as a heart disorder.

Prior to fainting, due to syncope, you may experience these following symptoms as well:

  • Pale or flush skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Tunnel vision – a narrowing field of vision directly in front of you
  • Nausea
  • Feeling warm
  • Clammy, cold sweats
  • Excessive yawning
  • Blurred vision

During the syncope episode you may experience:

  • Jerky, abnormal movements
  • A weaken, slowed pulse
  • Dilated pupils

There could be a more serious issue behind fainting, such as a heart condition or brain disorder, so it is very important that if you or someone you love is experiencing syncope that you come see our specialists at Complete Brain Center. We are able to examine the issue and curate a solution perfect for you.

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