Assessment of the patient with syncope

Christine A. Walsh, Myles S. Schiller

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Syncope is a common complaint in children and especially adolescents. The most frequent cause is neurocardiogenic which, in general, is benign. However, life-threatening etiologies, especially cardiac, must be identified. A cost-effective and efficient evaluation of syncope is based on history, physical examination, and electrocardiogram. If risk factors for sudden death are detected, further focused testing is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric and Congenital Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Intensive Care
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781447146193
ISBN (Print)9781447146186
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Alpha-adrenergic agonist
  • Beta-blocker
  • Bezold-Jarisch reflex
  • Bradyarrhythmia
  • Breath-holding spells
  • Cardioinhibitory syncope
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Channelopathy
  • Hypoxemia
  • Inflow obstruction
  • Myocardial dysfunction
  • Neurocardiogenic syncope
  • Orthostatic hypotension
  • Outflow obstruction
  • Presyncope
  • Seizure
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)
  • Syncope
  • Tachyarrhythmia
  • Vasodepressor syncope
  • Vasovagal syncope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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