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Fainting, also known an syncope, is sudden and temporary loss of consciousness resulting from a reduction in blood flow to the brain.
Symptoms of fainting
When you faint, you will usually feel week and unsteady, before passing out for a short period of time, usually for only a few seconds.
Causes of fainting
Fainting (syncope) is caused by a temporary reduction in blood flow to the brain. This can occur for a number of reasons.
Diagnosing fainting
You should visit the GP after a fainting episode. Your GP will be able to diagnose the type of fainting you have, and determine whether more treatment is needed.
Treating fainting
Treatment for fainting (syncope) will depend on whether there is an underlying cause. If there is, treating it should help prevent further fainting episodes.
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