Unconsciousness, called syncope in medical terms, is a short loss of consciousness. Low blood pressure is one of the primary causes of this condition. If a person is experiencing regular cases of fainting, it is likely that he is suffering from heart disease.
Dr. J.K. Padhi told The Indian Express that unhealthy eating habits, disrupted sleep cycle and impaired lifestyle choices lead to fainting. The doctor explained that fainting is an indicator of diseases such as arrhythmia and coronary heart disease.
“What makes it worse is that it affects people of different age groups – 3 percent of men and 3.5 percent of women at some stage of life, and 6 percent of people over the age of 75,” the doctor said.
Fainting and its fatal forms
Syncope is an indication that a person with this problem may have a sudden cardiac arrest. People with pre-syncope symptoms suffer from headaches, nausea, weakness and abnormal heartbeat. Fainting can be fatal for many reasons.
Arrhythmia: A common cause of syncope, it is characterized by abnormalities in the heartbeat. Bradyarrhythmias are characterized by low heart rate followed by tachyarrhythmias followed by rapid heartbeat.
Severe cardiovascular conditions: You are suffering from fainting but not due to dehydration? High time you should be tested for cardiovascular disease.
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome: Do you feel your heart rate at a high rate while standing? You may be a victim of this problem. It is a rare clinical syndrome found in young women.
- Given the serious risk they pose to our health, it is important to know the solutions to treat this problem.
- You should consult a doctor if you experience regular episodes of fainting.
- In case of sudden fainting, make sure you sit or go to bed immediately. This will help improve blood circulation.
- Lifestyle changes, medications and therapies can treat syncope. Include healthy items in your diet and follow a pattern of exercise.
- Doctors may also recommend a pacemaker which is essentially a small device for managing irregular heartbeats.