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 Skin cancer More: MedicalDiseases SPONSORED: Fedhealth What cover is right for you? 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 Parenting First bit of ejaculate contains more sperm Medical What's killing your sperm? Medical MERS outbreak in South Korea infects 10 Lifestyle 7 natural techniques to help you quit smoking Parenting Baby's teething toys may contain endocrine disruptors Sex Cheating online: what SA's up to! From our sponsors Why hydration is important while exercising Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Too Tired? » 20 signs of burnout Staying active reduces stress 10 ways to have a healthier work day Why you're exhausted Lost your mojo? Here are 5 surprising energy drainers, plus the easy fixes that will help put the pep back in your step! Kick the habit » Cancer doesn't make smokers to quit Non-smokers don't use e-cigs Hookah contains benzene How South Africans quit smoking We asked ex-smokers to share their secrets to successfully quitting smoking. Find out how they managed to kick the habit.