Syncope: Definition, Classification, and Multiple Potential Causes

Jean Jacques Blanc, David G. Benditt

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Evaluation and Treatment of Syncope
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook for Clinical Practice: Second Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)1405140305, 9781405140300
StatePublished - May 5 2009


  • Causes of syncope - neurally mediated reflex faints, orthostatic (postural) faints, cardiac arrhythmias and cerebrovascular disease
  • Elements of syncope - loss of consciousness, onset relatively rapid, with spontaneous recovery
  • High-grade atrioventricular (AV) block
  • Loss of consciousness determining real state-of-affairs
  • Neurologic signs
  • Syncope - transient, self-limited loss of consciousness
  • Transient loss of consciousness (TLOC)
  • Well-known investigators

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