Vasovagal Syncope in the Older Patient

Maw Pin Tan, BMedSci, BMBS, MRCP; Steve Parry, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.



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Vasovagal syncope is a condition of emerging importance in older patients. The disease pattern of VVS in older age groups appears to differ from that of younger subjects. Treatment options are limited, and have mainly been evaluated in younger subjects. There is an urgent need for more studies to evaluate the prevalence, natural history, social impact, and pathophysiologic and treatment aspects of VVS in the older patient.

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