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What's the treatment for fainting?

If the fainting is determined to be a simple faint, no treatment is usually recommended except as noted in the home care section. Fainting in children often becomes less common as the person grows older. Patients should be admitted to hospital if rapid diagnosic evaluation is deemed necessary because of concerns about serious arrhythmias, sudden

death and newly diagnosed cardiac disease (eg. Aortic stenosis, myocardial infarction). Most patients without heart disease can be effectively evaluated and treated as out patients.

If the person has signs of circulation, he or she has probably fainted. The individual should be left on the ground and both legs should be elevated. This helps improve blood flow to the brain. The person should remain lying down for at least 10 minutes, even if he or she wakes up. After that, he or she should get up slowly and sit in a chair for a few minutes. The person should have help when trying to stand up. Someone who gets up too fast and without help may faint again.

If a person feels faint and isn't able to lie down, they should sit instead, putting their head between their knees. A friend should hold the person's hand behind his or her head and press downwards. At the same time, the person feeling faint should push their head upwards. This makes the blood flow to the brain, reducing the symptoms and reducing the risk of fainting.

The treatment will depend upon the cause of fainting. In case of abnormality in heartbeats, medicine will be prescribed. In case of reduction of blood flow to the brain because of problems in the blood vessels, specific blood flow increasing drugs may be prescribed.

More information on fainting (syncope)

What is fainting (syncope)? - Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness and muscle tone. It is caused by not having enough blood flow to the brain.
What causes fainting? - Fainting (syncope) can be caused by any condition causing a reduction of circulating blood flow to the brain.
What're the symptoms of fainting? - Symptoms of fainting are sudden lightheadedness, generalized weakness, and then falling.
How is fainting diagnosed? - Diagnosis of fainting starts with a medical history and physical exam.
What's the treatment for fainting? - The treatment for fainting will depend upon the cause of fainting.
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