Show Summary Details
Page of

Syncope 

Syncope
Chapter:
Syncope
Author(s):

Michele Brignole

, Jean-Jacques Blanc

, Richard Sutton

, and Angel Moya

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199566990.003.026
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 August 2019

Syncope is a transient loss of consciousness due to global cerebral hypoperfusion characterized by rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous complete recovery. The starting point for evaluation of syncope is the ‘initial evaluation’, which consists of history, physical examination, standard electrocardiogram and (if appropriate) echocardiogram, orthostatic challenge, and carotid sinus massage. The initial evaluation has two objectives: to assess the specific risk for the patient (death, severe adverse events, or recurrence of syncope) and to identify the specific cause of the faint in order to address an effective mechanism-specific treatment....

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.