Home > Medical > Diseases Updated 22 May 2015 Syncope Syncope is the temporary loss of consciousness. 0 DescriptionSyncope is the temporary loss of consciousness due to a sudden decline in blood flow to the brain. CauseIt may be caused by an irregular cardiac rate or rhythm or by changes of blood volume or distribution. SymptomsSyncope 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. TreatmentNon-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 Nasal balloon a possible solution for 'glue ear' More: MedicalDiseases advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? 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 Diet and nutrition Banting vs Heart Foundation Diet - which is cheaper? Medical US autism care could cost $500 billion by 2025 Lifestyle 11.2 billion people on earth by the end of the century Medical Insulin resistance could increase Alzheimer's risk Diet and nutrition Ocean View tries out the Banting lifestyle Medical Taking St. John's wort for depression not risk free From our sponsors Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready The health benefits of donating blood Hydration is vital all year round Momentum Health: an industry leader in healthcare Live healthier Cure your cough » Diagnosing a chronic cough The most abused over-the-counter drug in SA Five of the weirdest things to cause a cough Why are you coughing? A cough can be a symptom of a wide variety of different health conditions, ranging from a foreign body to infective diseases and even cancer. Watch out! » How to make a prosthetic eye Woman loses eyesight after mud run Eye care during pregnancy 9 health warnings you can pick up from your eyes The eyes are not only for seeing - they can reveal secrets to underlying health issues. Take a careful look and see if you have any of these symptoms, and if you do, head off to the doctor straight away.