What is syncope?

Syncope (“sin ko pea”) is the brief loss of consciousness and posture caused by a temporary decrease in blood flow to the brain. Syncope may be associated with a sudden fall in blood pressure, a decrease in heart rate or changes in blood flow.

What are the symptoms?

  • “Blacking out”
  • Light-headedness
  • Falling for no reason
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Grogginess
  • Fainting, especially after a meal or after exercise
  • Feeling unsteady or weak when standing

What treatment option is available?

The Syncope Clinic, the first and only in the state, uses a unique, standardized approach to care. Rather than sending the patient to multiple specialists at different locations, most evaluations will be performed at Arkansas Cardiology Clinic. As a result, patients benefit from a quicker and better diagnosis.

If you’ve had an episode of unexplained fainting or falling, you might be concerned that it could happen again at any moment or could be a sign of a more serious condition. It is important to seek treatment right away after a syncope episode occurs.

What are the patient outcomes?

With accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, syncope can be resolved in most patients.