Syncope (Fainting)

Syncope, also known as fainting and passing out, is an abrupt, yet temporary loss of consciousness due to a drop in blood pressure. Causes include stress, pain, dehydration, exhaustion, sweating, heart disorders, metabolic disorders, and lung disorders.

Syncope Symptoms

Symptoms of syncope include:

  • Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmias)
  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Hypotension, or low blood pressure
  • Loss of movement
  • Nausea
  • Numbness

Diagnosis of Syncope

Your UT Southwestern Medical Center doctor may perform several tests to diagnose syncope. Common diagnostic tests include:

Treatment for Syncope

If someone experiences syncope, treatments include:

  • Roll the person onto his back and keep the airway open.
  • Raise his legs above his head and loosen clothing.
  • Initiate CPR if breathing and pulse are weak or not present.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with a syncope expert at UT Southwestern's facilities in Dallas or for more information about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.