TREATMENT OPTIONS

The goal of treatment is to prevent another fainting episode. Sometimes, this can be accomplished with simple lifestyle changes. Other times, medication is needed.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Avoiding potential triggers like hot environments, prolonged standing, dehydration, certain medications
  • Consuming adequate fluid and salt
  • Wearing support stockings
  • Standing up more slowly

Medication

If you continue to have fainting spells after making some lifestyle changes, your doctor may prescribe a medication. It is helpful to determine the cause of the fainting in order to recommend the most appropriate medicine for your condition.

Pacemaker or Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

If your healthcare team determines that your syncope is related to an abnormal heart rhythm, a medical device like a pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) may be implanted to control or reset the heart rhythm so it doesn’t beat too quickly or too slowly.

Catheter Ablation

During catheter ablation, radiofrequency energy is directed through a catheter inserted in an artery toward abnormal electrical pathways in the heart tissue that are causing an arrhythmia. This scars the tissue, normalizes the erratic electrical signals and corrects the arrhythmia.

These quick and easy tools are designed to provide your doctor with information that may help guide your care. Complete them and take the answers to your next doctor’s visit.

Reference

  1. Morag R, Brenner B. Syncope. Medscape. April 16, 2014. Accessed November 10, 2015. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/811669-overview#a5