What should be included in diagnostic considerations for syncope?

Updated: Jan 13, 2017
  • Author: Rumm Morag, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Note the following:

  • Consider and diagnose life-threatening etiologies of syncope
  • Scrutinize the initial electrocardiogram (ECG) and seek comparison to a prior ECG
  • Provide adequate subspecialty and/or primary care follow-up
  • Educate patients adequately about the etiology of the syncope and preventive measures to avoid recurrence
  • Adequately address short-term recurrence probability and ensure low risk of subsequent morbidity
  • Consider and diagnose life-threatening conditions that occur as a result of the syncopal episode

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