Fast Five Quiz: Syncope

Yasmine S. Ali, MD

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November 20, 2018

Syncope is defined as a transient, self-limited loss of consciousness with an inability to maintain postural tone that is followed by spontaneous recovery. This definition excludes seizures, coma, shock, or other states of altered consciousness.

Syncope is a prevalent disorder, accounting for 1%-3% of emergency department (ED) visits and as many as 6% of hospital admissions each year in the United States. As much as 50% of the population may experience a syncopal event during their lifetime. Although most causes of syncope are benign, this symptom presages a life-threatening event in a small subset of patients.

Are you familiar with key aspects of this common condition, including the latest guidelines designed to help stratify patients and discharge those at low risk? Refresh and test your knowledge with this short quiz.

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