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. NEXT ON HEALTH24X This rare treatment will cost you more than R10 million 2018-01-16 12:30 More: MedicalDiseases advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Kegels for men are a thing, and you should absolutely be doing them Diet and nutrition Can apple cider vinegar really help you lose weight? Medical Pill to prevent HIV infection still underused Parenting How to get a grip on that first-day-of-school anxiety News 7 terrifying diseases you could have without knowing it Medical Holding a sneeze blew a hole in this man's throat From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Watch out! » Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections. Holiday health » Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.