Home > Medical > Diseases Updated 13 February 2013 Syncope Syncope is the temporary loss of consciousness due to a sudden decline in blood flow to the brain. Syncope can occur in otherwise healthy people. 0 Description Syncope is the temporary loss of consciousness due to a sudden decline in blood flow to the brain. Cause It may be caused by an irregular cardiac rate or rhythm or by changes of blood volume or distribution. Symptoms Syncope can occur in otherwise healthy people. The patient feels faint, dizzy, or lightheaded (presyncope), or loses consciousness (syncope). PrognosisSyncope is a dramatic event and can even be life-threatening if not treated appropriately. Generally, however, recovery is usually complete within minutes to hours. Treatment Non-cardiac syncope is treated acutely by lying down with the legs elevated. Infrequent episodes of non-cardiac syncope usually do not require treatment. More in Medical Could coffee lower the risk of multiple sclerosis? More: MedicalDiseases SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Is your cat affecting your sleep? News #CapeFire in 20 tweets Diet and nutrition Fried foods linked to heart failure risk Mental health Mom found guilty of killing 5-year-old son with salt Medical Pakistani parents arrested for refusing polio vaccination Medical Lack of sex contributes to depression in SA women From our sponsors What's this about vitamin B? Independent studies have proved once again that EPO significantly improves symptoms of atopic eczema JJ & Associates offers gents' health– the first medical practice of its kind Live healthier Safety first » Those training for Cycle Tour at risk of flu How to cycle Support the Cycle Tour in style Safety tips for cyclists The number of cycling injuries are on the increase. Here's more about wearing proper safety equipment. Hit the road » Advice for the long runner Hill training: how to do it Why running is good for you What to wear when you run You do not need a gym membership to run. All you need is the correct clothing and you're ready to reap the benefits.