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Alternate Names : Passing Out, Syncope, Syncopal Episode

Fainting | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

A person who faints usually becomes quite pale and may sweat heavily. The individual may be nauseated. Most people who pass out wake up in less than 2 minutes. There are several things a healthcare provider may want to know after a person has fainted, such as:

  • how long the person was unconscious
  • how quickly the person felt normal again after waking up
  • what position the person was in before fainting
  • whether the person felt dizzy or light-headed before passing out
  • whether the person has fainted before
  • whether there was any strong emotion, pain, or fatigue before the person fainted
  • The healthcare provider will also ask about other medical conditions. The provider will want to know what medications the person is taking. All of these things can be clues as to the cause of the fainting.

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    Fainting: Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors


    Fainting: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/24/01

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