Syncope or blackouts (sometimes referred to as fainting), is loss of consciousness which is often transient and usually related to a temporary reduction in the blood supply to the brain. There may or may not be any warning signs.
Syncope has many causes, only some of which originate from the heart and blood vessels.
For this reason, many patients with even a single episode of syncope and all patients with recurrent episodes of syncope, without a clear cause, should seek an assessment with a Cardiologist.
The most important part of your assessment is a very careful history and examination and your Cardiologist will want to discuss your symptoms with you in quite some detail. Following this a number of tests may be required and these include:
In many patients further investigations will be required to delineate the underlying cause. The experts here at the London Cardiac Group are highly trained to tailor your assessment to your individual circumstances and will be able to discuss what course of action is right for you.
Simple reassurance and avoidance of triggers may be the only treatment required in many patients. Occasionally, further treatments may be required to deal with the underlying cause. In selected patients who have heart disease, this may require the implantation of a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator.