Alternative Names Passed out; Light-headedness - fainting; Syncope; Vasovagal episode Home Care If you have a history of fainting and have been seen by a medical professional, follow your doctor's instructions for how to prevent fainting episodes. For example, if you know the situations that cause you to faint, avoid or change them. Avoid sudden changes in posture. Get up from a lying or seated position slowly. If having blood drawn makes you faint, tell your health care provider before having a blood test and make sure that you are lying down when the test is done. You can take immediate treatment steps when someone has fainted: Check the person's airway and breathing. If necessary, call 911 and begin rescue breathing and CPR. Loosen tight clothing around the neck. Raise the person's feet above the level of the heart (about 12 inches). If vomiting has occurred, turn the person onto their side to prevent choking. Keep the person lying down for at least 10 - 15 minutes, preferably in a cool and...
In old movies, actresses would put their hands up to their foreheads with the palm faced out before passing out upon the delivery of any bad news, or as a sure sign of an unsuspected pregnancy (or a bad plot). Rarely in these movies did a man faint "dead away," except for comic relief upon "not getting shot." In real-life situations, though, fainting can represent a problem and is the cause of a huge amount of expenditure of health care dollars and patient concern. Indeed, one of the first consultations that I received after opening my office was from a pediatrician. A 17 year-old male suffered an apparent cardiac arrest in his office after a tetanus shot. It still amazes me that the simple sight of a needle can bring about such awesome changes in human physiology. In this case, the young man awoke with a rather sheepish grin. The problem: he and many members of his family have "strong vagal tone ." Each year, there seems to be another ef...
Light-headedness - dizzy; Loss of balance; Vertigo
If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up:
Avoid sudden changes in posture.
Get up from a lying position slowly, and stay seated for a few moments before standing.
When standing, make sure you have something to hold on to.
If you have vertigo, the following tips can help prevent your symptoms from becoming worse:
Keep still and rest when symptoms occur.
Avoid sudden movements or position changes.
Slowly increase activity.
You may need a cane or other help walking when you have a loss of balance during a vertigo attack.
Avoid bright lights, TV, and reading during a vertigo attacks, because they may make symptoms worse.
Avoid activities such as driving, operating heavy machinery, and climbing until 1 week after your symptoms disappear. A sudden dizzy spell during these activities can be dangerous.
Call your health care prov...
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