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 Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder 2018-07-13 05:01 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 New study reveals that your testosterone levels are based on your childhood rather than genetics Medical It's the beautiful game, but injuries can make it a dangerous one Diet and nutrition Can CLA supplements really help you lose weight? Sex This study on older adults’ sex lives proves your sex life isn’t doomed Fitness 5 easy Pilates stretches that’ll finally sort out your lower back pain Fitness 'I tried cryotherapy and this is what happened' From our sponsors Good health begins in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher! Congestion associated with sinuses can ruin your day Live healthier Preventing cancer » Could a blood test spot lung cancer early? More people should be screened for lung cancer Non-smoker? You are still at risk of lung cancer A frightening percentage of people who don’t smoke are being diagnosed with lung cancer every year. Your pet's health » How your dog can tell what you're feeling Why is my dog not eating? How to tell if your dog is faking a cough In case you're wondering, yes, dogs can fake a cough.