Epidemiology and economic impact of cardiac syncope in western countries

Richard Sutton, David Guay Benditt

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This article updates our current understanding of the epidemiology and economic impact of syncope in western countries. Unfortunately, both of these aspects of syncope are inadequately understood; in part the problem is due to the difficulty in public health data separating 'true syncope from conditions that cause other forms of transient loss of consciousness. However, in certain respects, the epidemiology of syncope is becoming clearer. Similarly, we have come to understand that the economic impact of syncope is substantial and is much larger than is necessary, primarily because management, especially excessive hospitalization, often remains suboptimal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
JournalFuture Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2012


  • epidemiology
  • healthcare economics
  • syncope
  • syncope management units


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