Cardiac Symptoms

Syncope / Fainting

Syncope / Fainting

Syncope refers to a temporary loss of consciousness and posture, commonly known as fainting or passing out. It occurs due to a temporary decrease in blood flow to the brain, leading to a brief loss of consciousness. Syncope can happen for various reasons and is often triggered by factors such as emotional distress, pain, standing for a long time, dehydration, or sudden changes in body position.

There are several types of syncope, including:

  1. Vasovagal syncope: This is the most common type of syncope and is often triggered by emotional stress, pain, or standing for prolonged periods. It occurs due to a sudden drop in blood pressure and heart rate, leading to a temporary loss of consciousness.
  2. Situational syncope: Certain situations, such as coughing, swallowing, urinating, or bowel movements, can cause syncope in some individuals. This type of syncope is known as situational syncope.
  3. Cardiac syncope: It is caused by an underlying heart condition, such as an arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), structural heart problems, or blockages in blood vessels. Cardiac syncope requires medical attention, as it may indicate a serious heart condition.
  4. Orthostatic hypotension: This condition occurs when blood pressure drops significantly upon standing up from a sitting or lying position. It can cause syncope, especially in older adults or people with certain medical conditions.

The diagnosis of syncope involves a thorough medical history, physical examination, and sometimes additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram, or tilt-table test, to determine the underlying cause.

Treatment for syncope depends on the underlying cause. In many cases, lifestyle modifications such as avoiding triggers, staying hydrated, and making changes in body position can help prevent syncope episodes. If an underlying medical condition is identified, it will be treated accordingly. In some cases, medications or surgical interventions may be necessary to manage syncope.

If you or someone you know experiences syncope, it is important to seek medical attention for proper evaluation and management, particularly if the episodes are recurrent, associated with chest pain, palpitations, or other concerning symptoms.

Same-Day Cardiac Care

RCC Cardiac Urgent Care is accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening cardiac symptoms, including:

PLEASE NOTE: that this is NOT a traditional Urgent Care Center treating any and all ailments. Our facility is ONLY for cardiac related symptoms.

At our Penn Cardiology Specialty Network facility, you will will be cared for by our team of cardiac specialists, and receive access to our state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, including:

  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Test
    • Treadmill Stress Test
    • Stress Echo
    • Nuclear Stress Test
  • Halter Monitor
  • Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT)
  • Venous Doppler
  • Arterial Doppler
  • Carotid Doppler

We will work with your primary or referring physicians to develop a plan of treatment that is suited to meet your individual needs.

Same Day Vascular Care

We also provide accessible same-day care for non-life-threatening vascular symptoms, including:

  • Leg Pain or a Change in Color
  • Numbness or Loss of Feeling in Arms or Legs
  • Leg Swelling
  • Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Arms and Legs

Pre-Operative Cardiac Clearance with Rapid Reporting

As more and more complex procedures are performed in the outpatient and inpatient setting, the risk of perioperative cardiac complication increases. Regional Cardiology Consultants’ dedicated team specializes in providing the accurate and timely pre-op clearance required by patients.

Our services include:

  • Pre-op Consult by Board Certified Cardiologist
  • EKG
  • Other diagnostic testing as needed to clear your patients.

Better yet, all services can be performed in the convenience of our offices. In most cases, we can have a preliminary report for your physician the same day as our consult and a folder containing everything you need to proceed with planned surgery including the transcribed pre-op consult, EKG with interpretation, and any other testing required to be cleared for your procedure.

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