Alternate Names : Passing Out, Syncope, Syncopal Episode
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
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.