Approach to the patient with syncope: Venues, presentations, diagnoses

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Syncope is a frequent cause for presentation to emergency departments and urgent-care clinics. The physician should establish a confident causal diagnosis, assess prognostic implications, and provide appropriate advice to prevent recurrences. An organized approach is needed to the assessment of the patient with syncope, including a careful initial examination as well as application of specialized syncope evaluation units and structured questionnaires for history taking. The initial patient evaluation, particularly a detailed medical history, is the key to identifying the most likely diagnosis. Based on these findings, subsequent diagnostic tests can be chosen to confirm the clinical suspicion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-25
Number of pages17
JournalCardiology Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013


  • Classification
  • Diagnoses
  • Presentation
  • Syncope


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