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 Obesity may speed ageing of the liver 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 News African immigrants face ostracism in the US as panic takes hold Medical The worst rugby injuries caught on camera Lifestyle British woman dies while having butt implants removed Medical Two-way relationship between depression and activity News Australian doctors transplant 'dead' hearts Medical A troubled marriage may lead to weight gain From our sponsors Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Vote for 2014 Hill's Pet Slimmer of the Year Live healthier Strenghten your immunity » Keep your immunity strong Immune system boosters Boost your family's immunity 5 immune boosters in your kitchen You don’t need a handful of vitamins and supplements to keep your body healthy, check out these five immune boosting foods you probably already have in your kitchen. Depression » Depression Depression and ageing Teen depression Depression: do you know the signs? One of the key roles you can play in the health of someone who is depressed or suffers from anxiety is to make sure they get the help they need. Here's what you need to know.