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  Fainting Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment on MedicineNet.com
When loss of consciousness is temporary and recovers spontaneously it is referred to as fainting or syncope.
Other common non-heart causes of temporary loss of consciousness include fainting after blood is drawn or after certain situational events (situational syncope), such as after urination, defecating, or coughing.
This occurs because of a reflex of the involuntary nervous system (vasovagal reaction) that leads to slowing of the heart rate and dilation of the blood vessels in the legs, thus lowering the blood pressure.
www.medicinenet.com /fainting/article.htm   (470 words)

  Fainting - Health Encyclopedia News Story - WNBC | New York
Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness due to a drop in blood flow to the brain.
When you faint, you not only experience loss of consciousness, but also loss of muscle tone and paling of color in your face.
Fainting may occur while you are urinating, having a bowel movement (especially if straining), coughing very hard, or when you have been standing in one place too long.
www.wnbc.com /encyclopedia/6863863/detail.html   (989 words)

  GHI Your Health: Fainting Basics
Fainting is a particular problem for the elderly, who may suffer serious injuries from falls when they faint.
Fainting is a common problem, accounting for 3% of emergency room visits and 6% of hospital admissions.
These include micturition syncope (fainting during or after urination), glossopharyngeal neuralgia (fainting due to inflammation and pain in a particular nerve to the mouth); cough syncope (fainting after intense coughing) and stretch syncope (fainting that occurs when stretching the neck and arms).
www.ghi.com /yourhealth/encyclopedia/articles/faintingbasics.html   (628 words)

 Fainting Information on Healthline
Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness, weakness of muscles, and inability to stand up, all caused by sudden loss of blood flow to the brain.
Fainting may also signal an irregular pattern of nervous stimulation such as micturition syncope (fainting while urinating), glossopharyngeal neuralgia (irritation of the ninth cranial nerve, causing pain in the tongue, throat, ear, and tonsils), cough syncope (fainting while coughing violently), and stretch syncope (fainting when stretching arms and neck).
Fainting can signal circulatory problems, particularly those that disrupt blood flow to the brain, as well as problems with the electrical impulses that control the heart, problems with the sinus node of the heart, heart arrhythmia, blood clots in the lung, a narrowing of the aorta, or other anatomical irregularities in the heart.
www.healthline.com /galecontent/fainting   (698 words)

 Fainting | AHealthyMe.com
Fainting is loss of consciousness caused by a temporary lack of oxygen to the brain.
This type of fainting occurs because blood pools in the leg veins, reducing the amount that is available for the heart to pump to the brain.
Fainting can be a symptom of a disease such as Stokes-Adams syndrome, a condition in which blood flow to the brain is temporarily reduced because of an irregular heartbeat.
www.ahealthyme.com /topic/topic100586809   (1037 words)

 Lifespan's A - Z Health Information Library - Fainting   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness due to a drop in blood flow to the brain.
When you faint, you not only experience loss of consciousness, but also loss of muscle tone and paling of color in your face.
Fainting may occur while you are urinating, having a bowel movement (especially if straining), coughing strenuously, or when you have been standing in one place too long.
www.lifespan.org /adam/healthillustratedencyclopedia/1/003092.html   (796 words)

Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness caused by reduced blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
People whose fainting is related to heart attacks, heart rhythm abnormalities, structural defects in the heart, or other cardiac diseases have a less favorable prognosis than people whose fainting is not related to heart disease.
If your physician suspects that your fainting is related to blockage of the carotid artery in your neck, he or she may massage the artery to determine whether that causes you to faint.
www.pdrhealth.com /patient_education/BHG01CA04.shtml   (2417 words)

 Fainting Summary
Fainting can also be caused by: Prolonged cough, straining to defecate or urinate, blowing a wind instrument too hard, remaining in a stuffy environment with too little oxygen, or a temporary drop in the blood supply to the brain caused by a transient ischemic attack (sometimes called a mini-stroke).
Fainting or syncope (SAMPA: /"sIn.k@.pi/ or /"sIN.k@.pi/) is a sudden (and generally momentary) loss of consciousness due to a lack of sufficient blood and oxygen reaching the brain.
Fainting involves a temporary reduction of blood (and therefore oxygen) supply to the brain, resulting in a flout.
www.bookrags.com /Fainting   (1205 words)

 MedlinePlus: Fainting
If you've ever fainted, you are not alone - at least one third of people faint sometime in their lives.
Fainting usually happens when your blood pressure drops suddenly, causing a decrease in blood flow to your brain.
Fainting is usually nothing to worry about, but it can sometimes be a sign of a serious problem.
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/fainting.html   (207 words)

 Pediatric Advisor 2006.2: Fainting (Syncope)
Fainting (syncope) is defined as falling down and being unconscious for a short time (usually less than 1 minute).
To prevent fainting caused by standing too long, explain to your child that keeping the knees locked interferes with recirculation of the blood.
Also, feeling faint at any time or place is a warning to sit or lie down quickly.
www.med.umich.edu /1libr/pa/pa_fainting_hhg.htm   (297 words)

 Adult Health Advisor 2005.4: Fainting (Syncope)
However, if you are known to have heart disease, or you faint when you are physically exerting yourself, the cause may be serious and you may need prompt medical attention.
The fainting is caused by nerve impulses that slow the heart rate.
If your fainting is caused by a heart problem, you may have a fast or irregular pulse.
www.med.umich.edu /1libr/aha/aha_syncope_car.htm   (1109 words)

 Fainting   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Fainting (syncope) is a sudden, temporary loss of consciousness due to insufficient oxygen supply to the brain.
The major cause of fainting is a sudden decrease in blood flow to the brain.
If you are subject to frequent fainting spells, avoid activities in which fainting may endanger your life, such as climbing to high places, driving vehicles or operating dangerous machinery.
www.uh.edu /admin/hc/fainting.htm   (283 words)

Fainting is a falling down and the loss of consciousness that occurs for a brief interval, typically less than one minute.
The most common reasons for fainting in adolescents are standing in one position for a long time with the knees locked, a sudden stress such as having blood drawn or receiving a vaccination, standing up suddenly especially after resting in bed and severe pain.
And in the third form of neurally mediated fainting, there are combinations of both slowing of the heart rate and decrease in the blood pressure.
www.massgeneral.org /children/adolescenthealth/articles/aa_fainting.aspx   (1148 words)

 Understanding Fainting -- the Basics
Fainting, also called syncope (pronounced SIN-ko-pe), is a sudden, brief loss of consciousness and posture caused by decreased blood flow to the brain.
Fainting is a particular problem for the elderly, who may suffer serious injuries from falls when they faint.
Fainting is a common problem, accounting for 3% of emergency room visits and 6% of hospital admissions.
www.webmd.com /brain/understanding-fainting-basics   (254 words)

 Fainting, Dizziness and Fainting, THE MERCK MANUAL OF HEALTH & AGING
People who have fainted may limit their daily activities because their doctor has advised them to so or because they are afraid of fainting again.
Fainting sometimes results from a fall in the level of sugar in the blood, which may happen in people with diabetes.
If the cause of fainting appears to be orthostatic hypotension, increasing the amount of salt consumed, wearing waist-high support stockings (compression stockings), and raising the head of the bed may help.
www.merck.com /pubs/mmanual_ha/sec3/ch20/ch20c.html   (2405 words)

Fainting is a momentary episode of unconsciousness caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure.
If the fainting episode was brought on by heat, remove or loosen clothes and try to cool the person down by wiping them with a wet cloth or fanning them.
Frequent fainting spells or sensations of light-headedness need to be medically investigated to check for underlying causes.
www.disability.vic.gov.au /dsonline/dsarticles.nsf/pages/Fainting?OpenDocument   (574 words)

 BBC - Health - Conditions - Fainting
Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness, where the person falls to the floor.
Fainting may also result from low blood pressure, or hypotension, often when someone stands up suddenly or is dehydrated and low in body fluids.
If a person is feeling faint but is not yet unconscious, they should lean forwards with their head between their knees or, ideally, lie down with their feet raised above the level of their head.
www.bbc.co.uk /health/conditions/fainting1.shtml   (508 words)

 Fainting   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Fainting is actually a protective device that the body uses to protect the brain from inadequate blood flow.
If an individual feels lightheaded, like one might faint, the body is sending a signal that there is not enough blood flow to the brain.
Fainting can lead to head trauma, broken teeth, drowning in showers, and other potentially fatal events.
www.yafferuden.com /html/fainting.html   (313 words)

 Patient and Public Information Center : Heart Rhythm Society
In some cases, fainting is the only warning sign of an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that could cause sudden cardiac death.
Fainting is responsible for 6 percent of all emergency room visits and 3 percent of hospitalizations.
It is caused by an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) or by structural damage to the heart.
www.hrspatients.org /patients/signs_symptoms/fainting/default.asp   (382 words)

 Re: what are the top ten ways why people faint
Fainting after urination (micturition syncope) or after a bowel movement is partly due to straining (in addition to stimulation of the vagus nerve).
Fainting when lifting weights (weight lifter's syncope) results from the strain of trying to lift or push heavy weights without breathing adequately during the exercise.
Fainting may result from very rapid breathing (overbreathing, or hyperventilation), which may be due to anxiety.
www.madsci.org /posts/archives/2005-02/1108748937.Me.r.html   (950 words)

Fainting (also known as syncope) is a short-term loss of consciousness, usually for less than one minute.
Fainting is usually caused by a momentary loss of blood flow to the brain.
Fainting is often preceded by feelings of dizziness or nausea.
www.hmc.psu.edu /childrens/healthinfo/f/fainting.htm   (424 words)

Fainting, which medical professionals call syncope (pronounced SIN-ko-pea), is a temporary loss of consciousness.
Fainting is caused by a temporary loss of the brain’s blood supply.
Fainting can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition.
www.emedicinehealth.com /fainting/article_em.htm   (146 words)

 Fainting: What Causes It -- familydoctor.org   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Fainting, which is also called syncope, can be related to many different things.
Fainting can happen when not enough oxygen flows through your blood and into your brain.
If you faint when you turn your head to the side, the bones in your neck may be pinching on one of the blood vessels that leads to your brain.
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 Fainting Basics
These include heart problems such as irregular heart beat, seizures, panic or anxiety attacks, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), and problems with how the nervous system (the body's system of nerves) regulates blood pressure.
While fainting may indicate a particular medical condition, sometimes fainting may occur in an otherwise healthy individual.
Most episodes of fainting are very brief; in most cases, the individual who has fainted regains complete consciousness within just a few minutes.
www.hipusa.com /eTools/webmd/A-Z_Encyclopedia/faintingbasics.htm   (627 words)

 Vasovagal syncope (fainting)
Fainting due to vasovagal syncope occurs when your autonomic nervous system, the part of your nervous system that regulates heart rate and blood pressure, goes awry — ultimately depriving your brain of this blood supply.
When you experience a fainting trigger, such as the sight of blood, your autonomic nervous system reacts inappropriately by causing your heart rate to slow and the blood vessels in your legs to widen (dilate).
Fainting that occurs due to one of these causes is no longer considered to be vasovagal syncope.
edition.cnn.com /HEALTH/library/DS/00806.html   (1576 words)

 Fainting Goats
"No," I reply, "they are definitely real." Fainting goats are a slightly smaller version of the standard goat, who, believe it or not, thanks to a genetic condition called myotonia congenita, actually seem to faint when they are startled.
This is not a true faint, but a muscular phenomenon unrelated to the nervous system.
The intensity of the "faint" varies with the intensity of the fright and the age of the animal.
www-personal.umich.edu /~jimknapp/goats.html   (904 words)

Fainting can be caused by a number of factors linked to a person's heart, circulation, blood pressure and breathing.
Fainting typically occurs in connection with both physical and mental strain, and especially if a person does not feel well to start with.
If you know someone is going to faint, or suspect that it is going to happen, help the person lie down, preferably with their head low and the legs raised.
www.netdoctor.co.uk /diseases/facts/fainting.htm   (588 words)

 IFGA International Fainting Goat Association
The International Fainting Goat Association was founded in the fall of 1989 by a group of people who appreciated the Fainting Goat as a breed and wished to see them preserved.
If you are a Fainting Goat breeder and would like to register your stock please contact the IFGA.
Fainting Goats are known by a number of descriptive terms such as Nervous, Stiff-leg, Myotonic, Wooden-leg, and Tennessee Scare goats.
www.faintinggoat.com   (180 words)

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