Permanent Pacemaker Therapy for Neurally-Mediated Syncope
Neurally-mediated syncope (also known as fainting and vasovagal syncope) is by far the most common cause of transient loss of consciousness. Fainting is almost always benign and most people who faint have non-traumatic syncope episodes occasionally throughout their lives, with minimal adverse consequences. Most episodes of fainting occur in the erect posture, and have typical warning symptoms such as light-headedness or nausea which allow the individual to avoid serious injury if they lose consciousness. In a small number of people however, fainting is a serious medical problem; typically these are patients with episodes that may occur with little or no warning, or occur very frequently. Recurrent neurally-mediated syncope can mean inability to drive or to work, and syncope episodes can rarely cause serious injury. In such patients, neurally-mediated syncope is a significant medical problem for which there are no easy solutions. (SELECT FULL TEXT TO CONTINUE)
- Received April 24, 2012.
- Accepted April 27, 2012.
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