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 Measles cases at a 20-year high More: MedicalDiseases 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 News Doctor leading Ebola fight contracts disease himself Medical SA to start HIV+ patients on antiretrovirals sooner Medical Gut bacteria suffer when hit with infection Medical High-salt diets can cause heart woes in diabetics News SA youth want drinking age lowered Medical Drinking alcohol lessens your chance of developing arthritis From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Live healthier Yoga » Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep What yoga can do for you Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.