Syncope or Fainting
Loss of Consciousness and Posture
Syncope (SIN'ko-pe) -- better known as fainting -- is a transient loss of consciousness and
- Usually related to temporary insufficient blood flow to your brain
- Usually occurs when your blood pressure is too low and your heart is not pumping sufficient oxygen to the brain
- May happen in reaction to triggers, such as the sight of blood or emotional upset.
Usually Harmless Condition
Syncope is usually harmless and does not need to be treated. However, your doctor may want to run some tests to rule out a more serious cause of fainting, such as a heart disorder, including vascular disease, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias or valvular dysfunction.