Fainting may be first sign of heart problems
Momentary loss of consciousness due to fainting is not usually ignored, but unfortunately leads to a battery of usually inconclusive tests. However, a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Dec. 12 found that fainting may be the first sign of heart problems. The research was conducted by a specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the United States. To reach this conclusion, we analyzed data on 37,000 people who were part of the Danish health system. The results were then compared with that of another 185,000 individuals who had not suffered fainting. None of them had a previous medical history because of problems or a record of prescriptions for blood pressure or diabetes medicines. The researchers found that healthy people suffering from fainting had a 74% higher risk of being admitted to hospitals on account of a heart attack or stroke. In addition, they were also more likely to need a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defrimer, a device that monitors and controls heart rate. However, experts say that, in many cases, fainting does not have such a negative impact. 9 Fainting is a result of a sudden drop in blood pressure that leads to decreased blood flow to the brain. Some common causes of the problem are emotional stress, pain, vision of the blood or standing for a long time, according to the
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Helping someone who suffers a faint According to the cardiologist Bruno Valdigem, from the Dante Pazzanese Institute of Cardiology, there are many causes for fainting, but the most common is syncope, where the person wakes up a few seconds or minutes later. The most time-consuming ones usually have neurological causes, such as seizures. When a person first faints, they should be referred to the hospital and preferably with someone who was present during the event. Some key information for a medical diagnosis is:
The duration of the faint
- The state in which the patient woke up
- What the patient was doing before fainting
- - If the patient
- What medications are you taking.
In addition to syncope and neurological problems, fainting spells may also have cardiac arrhythmias as the cause. This may be an announcement of more serious problems that need to be evaluated quickly, since the delay can lead to death. In this case, fainting is accompanied by chest pain or palpitations.
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