What information about syncope should a patient be given?

Updated: Jan 13, 2017
  • Author: Rumm Morag, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Patients who present to the ED with syncope should be cautioned to avoid tall ledges and instructed not to drive. Syncope-related injury during driving is rare, but it has been documented.

Education may have a substantial impact on the prevention of recurrence, especially in situational and orthostatic syncope.

Patients may be trained to avoid situations that prompt syncope in situational cases.

In orthostatic syncope, patients should drink 500 mL of fluid each morning in addition to their usual routine and should avoid standing up too quickly.

For patient education resources, see Brain and Nervous System Center, as well as Fainting.


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