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Fainting may indicate emotional distress or heart disease

Jul 3rd 2014 at 9:52 PM

The fainting is nothing more than a quick, temporary loss of consciousness caused by reduced volume of blood pumped by the heart to the brain. Normally, fainting lasts less than five minutes and recovery is rapid and complete, leaving no sequelae. What happens in fainting During an episode of fainting , the person loses not only consciousness, but also the possibility of moving, apart from the staining of the face . Before fainting

, the individual may experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweat, weak pulse, and a sense of background noise. When faced with unconscious victim,

make sure there is cardiac arrest. Photo: Shutterstock When faced with unconscious victim, make sure there is cardiac arrest. Photo: Shutterstock Possible causes of fainting There are several factors that can lead to fainting .

These include intense coughing, bowel evacuation, standing for a long time, stand fast, the drop in blood pressure , low blood sugar and severe pain. However, fainting can also be related to an emotional distress, fear or even heart disease .

The conditions related to the heart are, but the more serious, less common causes such as abnormal heart rhythm or heart attack and stroke.

Diagnosis of fainting To find out the reason of a blackout , you must seek a professional diagnosis. The doctor asks a series of questions to find out whether it is a simple fainting o

r something more serious. The physical examination is done in order to test the heart, lungs and nervous system, and check blood pressure. To diagnose the cause of a fainting are usually requested by medical tests such as complete blood count ,

heart rate monitoring, echocardiogram, electrocardiogram (ECG), electroencephalogram (EEG), Holter Monitor and chest radiography. Even though the situation is not an emergency, you should consult a physician if you have never fainted before, faints frequently or present new symptoms with fainting .

Treatment and care fainting If fainting happens frequently, see a doctor and follow the guidance of the specialist. When diagnosed the cause of his fainting, try to avoid most of these situations. If episodes are due to emotional problems , see a psychiatrist and try to remain calm and serene.

There are some precautions that should be taken when a person faints. If you encounter victim unconscious, check for breathing and airway.

It may be necessary to activate the emergency service and initiate the techniques of CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). For aid to the victim faint, loosen the tight clothing around the neck and raise the victim's feet above heart level (about 30 cm).

If the person vomited, set it aside to avoid suffocation. Keep the person lying down for at least 10 to 15 minutes, preferably in a cool and quiet place. If this is not possible, place the person sitting with your head forward between your knees

When the individual regaining consciousness , do not allow stand alone. After a blackout , the only thing you can do after the person regains consciousness and is well, is to give him water, juice, tea or sugar water.

Should never be offered any type of drink containing alcohol or any drug that has not been prescribed by your doctor.

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