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Syncope Specialist

Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A.

Cardiology & Electrophysiology located in Naples, FL

Syncope (fainting) is common affecting more than 3% of adults in the United States at some point during their lifetime. If you’ve experienced syncope, the cardiac experts at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., in Naples, Florida, can perform advanced testing to assess your heart health and confirm or rule out an underlying cardiac condition. While syncope doesn’t always indicate a serious health issue, it may be an early warning sign of a cardiac condition and shouldn’t be ignored. Call one of the three offices or request an appointment online today.

Syncope Q & A

What is syncope?

Syncope is the medical term used to describe fainting. It occurs due to a decrease in blood flow to the brain which may be caused by a change in blood pressure or heart rate, or if your body is redirecting blood flow to other areas of your body. 

While syncope is common and can affect anyone at any age, the risk of syncope is significantly higher in the elderly, specifically those age 80 and older.

No matter your age or health, you should be evaluated by a doctor following your episode, as your syncope may be a sign of an underlying health condition. 


What are the types of syncope?

Syncope is divided into two types based on the organ system responsible for the decrease in blood flow and syncopal episode. The types include:

Neurally mediated syncope (NMS)

NMS is the most common type of syncope and is considered harmless. NMS often occurs while you’re standing, and you may experience symptoms prior to fainting, such as lightheadedness or a warming sensation. 

Cardiac syncope

Cardiac syncope occurs due to an underlying cardiac issue, such as tachycardia, bradycardia, or high blood pressure. This type of syncope can be dangerous and may increase your risk of cardiac death. 

If you have a chronic cardiac condition, such as atrial fibrillation or heart failure, you may experience frequent episodes of syncope. 


What happens during a cardiac evaluation for syncope?

The experienced team at Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., conducts a comprehensive examination when you come in with reports of syncope. After reviewing your symptoms and medical history and conducting a physical exam, your doctor may recommend various tests to assess your heart health to confirm or rule out cardiac syncope. The tests may include an:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Exercise stress test
  • Echocardiogram

You may be able to complete your EKG and/or echocardiogram at your initial visit. However, if you need an exercise stress test it may be scheduled for another day due to the preparation required. 


What are the treatments for syncope?

Treatment for your syncope depends on the underlying cause. If you have cardiac syncope, the team develops a treatment plan to improve heart health, which may include medication or the placement of either a pacemaker to stabilize your heart rhythm or a defibrillator to monitor your heart rate and rhythm.

For a comprehensive evaluation of your heart following a syncopal episode, call Naples Heart Rhythm Specialists, P.A., or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.