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Morris Hospital Yorkville Campus: Fainting Should Be Taken Seriously

Often in movies, fainting is the result of high emotions, pregnancy or even a response to someone bleeding or a spider crawling up a wall.
But fainting, or syncope, shouldn’t be readily dismissed.

Syncope is defined as a temporary loss of consciousness due to insufficient blood flow to the brain. And while fainting can indeed be caused by a wide range of conditions ranging from emotional stress to standing up too quickly, it can also be a sign of a serious heart abnormality. Heart arrhythmias, blood clots, myocardial ischemia, cardiac valve disease, aortic stenosis, heart attacks and heart failure are all heart conditions that can cause a person to pass out.

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