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 The pros and cons of 4 sleeping positions 2018-07-16 13:00 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 Medical Toxic plant causes mysterious burns on teen's face Diet and nutrition A dietitian explains how to read food labels News Motsoaledi blames lack of sex ed in schools after latest HIV figures Diet and nutrition The keto diet is popular, but is it safe? News HIV infections down, but still 230 000 new cases in 2017 - HSRC News Sitting too much? You are at risk of death from 14 diseases From our sponsors Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract ACC 200 works fast to break down mucus Live healthier Contraceptives and you » Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents' 7 birth control myths you should stop believing Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control. Your digestive health » Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.