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 Alert: Measles sweeps across SA 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 Medical Sierra Leone's top doctor dies of Ebola News Life expectancy in SA drops by 4.3 years Medical 5 interesting facts about osteoporosis Medical Removing blood clots improves stroke recovery Medical Neurologists unsure on use of medical marijuana for brain disorders Medical 'Clot-grabbing' improves outcome for stroke patients From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. 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.