Near-Syncope

Near-syncope is sudden weakness, dizziness, or feeling like you might pass out (faint). This may occur when getting up after sitting or while standing for a long period of time. Near-syncope can be caused by a drop in blood pressure. This is a common reaction, but it may occur to a greater degree in people taking medicines to control their blood pressure. Fainting often occurs when the blood pressure or pulse is too low to provide enough blood flow to the brain to keep you conscious. Fainting and near-syncope are not usually due to serious medical problems. However, certain people should be more cautious in the event of near-syncope, including elderly patients, patients with diabetes, and patients with a history of heart conditions (especially irregular rhythms).

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