Fast Five Quiz: Syncopal Events

Richard H. Sinert, DO


January 30, 2020

The term "syncope" refers to a temporary loss of consciousness and subsequent spontaneous recovery. Syncopal episodes may be preceded by or associated with dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, diaphoresis, and visual disturbances. Syncope is a common reason for emergency department visits and occurs in 15%-39% of the general population.

Syncope may result in significant morbidity and disability owing to falls or accidents that occur as a result. Although many causes are benign, it may be associated with a significant underlying condition. Cardiac syncope is associated with increased mortality, whereas noncardiac syncope is not. Do you know key aspects of this condition, including recommendations and best practices for workup and treatment? Refresh and test your knowledge with this short quiz.


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