Psychological treatment of malignant vasovagal syncope due to bloodphobia

Nynke Van Dijk, Simone C.J.M. Velzeboer, Anneke Destree-Vonk, Mark Linzer, Wouter Wieling

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A 17-year-old boy with frequent faints due to blood-injury phobia was studied. During cardiovascular reflex investigation in our syncope unit, 50 seconds of asystole were recorded. He was treated using systematic desensitization with muscular tension and cognitive techniques by the Pediatric Psychosocial Department and has not experienced syncopal events again.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-124
Number of pages3
JournalPACE - Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiac arrest
  • Psychological treatment
  • Vasovagal syncope


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