Cardiology

Sniffing and gasping can prevent fainting

Dr Bavolarova said: "Recurrent syncope (fainting) has serious effects on quality of life. Patients are often injured when they fall, which reduces their mobility and ability to look after themselves. Depression is common ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Colombian president: No link of vaccine to illness

Colombia's president is dismissing suggestions that a vaccine against cervical cancer is causing a mystery illness that has affected scores of teenage girls in a northern city.

Cardiology

Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults (Update)

Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from a U.S. expert panel. But not all experts ...

Neuroscience

Fainting may run in families while triggers may not

New research suggests that fainting may be genetic and, in some families, only one gene may be responsible. However, a predisposition to certain triggers, such as emotional distress or the sight of blood, may not be inherited. ...

Cardiology

Fainting in healthy people may be first sign of heart trouble

(HealthDay)—Fainting isn't fun. For those who have ever suddenly and briefly lost consciousness, it's a disconcerting situation that typically triggers a thorough medical workup. Unfortunately, it's often tough for physicians ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Fainting after air travel may indicate pulmonary embolism

Fainting after recent air travel could be a sign of pulmonary embolism (PE), a potentially fatal blockage in the lungs. Syncope or fainting is an uncommon symptom of pulmonary embolism; however, new research presented at ...

Neuroscience

Fainting: All in the family?

Fainting has a strong genetic predisposition, according to new research published in the August 7, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Fainting, also called vasovagal ...

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