Basic Summary for Syncope


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Main name of condition: Syncope
Other names or spellings: Fainting


What is Syncope?
  Brief description of Syncope: Temporary loss of conciousness or fainting.
How serious is Syncope?
  Prognosis of Syncope: Syncope is a dramatic event and can even be life-threatening if not treated appropriately. Generally, however, recovery is usually complete within minutes to hours. 1
  Complications of Syncope: see complications of Syncope
What causes Syncope?
  Causes of Syncope: see causes of Syncope
What are the symptoms of Syncope?
  Duration of Syncope: Most faints last seconds or 1-2 minutes
  Symptoms of Syncope: see symptoms of Syncope
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Syncope: see treatments for Syncope
Society issues for Syncope
  Hospitalization statistics for Syncope: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Syncope:
  • 0.586% (74,813) of hospital consultant episodes were for syncope and collapse in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 80% of hospital consultant episodes for syncope and collapse required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for syncope and collapse were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for syncope and collapse were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for syncope and collapse required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for syncope and collapse in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for syncope and collapse in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for syncope and collapse in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 23% of hospital consultant episodes for syncope and collapse occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital consultant episodes for syncope and collapse occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for syncope and collapse were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.62% (327,201) of hospital bed days were for syncope and collapse in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NINDS Syncope Information Page: NINDS

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