About Us

The STOP FAINTING team

The core team of STOP FAINTING currently work together in the Syncope Diagnostic Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital (one of the 5 hospitals of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust) a busy tertiary Cardiology centre in London, UK.

The Imperial College HealthCare Syncope Service offers the following clinical services:

  • A weekly Syncope and Arrhythmia Consultant Led Clinic with Dr Boon Lim
  • A weekly Clinical Nurse Specialist Syncope clinic
  • A 5 day a week, Nurse led, Tilt Table Test Diagnostic Service

However over the past 6 years the team has developed a number of key collaborative relationships through our clinical work, research and lecturing roles. We have drawn on these relationships to develop our service and to contribute to StopFainting.com. In this we have also received the endorsement of other key organisations, notably, the charity STARS and its founder and CEO Trudie Lobban.

Listen to Trudie Lobban MBE;

Meet The Individual Members Of The Stop Fainting Team:

Dr. Boon Lim

Dr Lim is an electrophysiologist, with a particular specialist interest in mapping heart rhythm abnormalities.

Dr. Patricia Taraborrelli

Is an experienced syncope nurse committed to promoting her patients' care and empowerment.

Mr. Andreas Dirksen

Is a dedicated & experienced syncope nurse with a passion to promote patient care via communication & research

Dr. Chiao Wen Lim

Is a visiting research fellow in the Imperial Syncope Unit.

Professor Richard Sutton

Is the 'founding father' of the study and treatment of Vasovagal syncope and of the Imperial Service .

Dr. Sajad Hayat

Is an Electrophysiologist in Coventry . A past clinical colleague, he is now an academic collaborator.

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Dr. Morwena Opie

A Clinical Psychologist qualified and experienced in delivering, CBT, ACT, Mindfulness therapies and medication

Dr. Jane Simmons

Is an academic at UCL and the Physiotherapy lead at the London Hypermobility Unit at the Wellington Hospital

Dr. Wouter Wieling

An internationally recognised expert in the academic study of syncope and dysautonomia, who is also one of the founders of education platform www.syncopedia.org

What do we do?

Clinical Care for Fainting and Syncope Patients

The Imperial College HealthCare Syncope Service offers the following clinical services:

  • A weekly Syncope and Arrhythmia Consultant Led Clinic with Dr Boon Lim
  • A weekly Clinical Nurse Specialist Syncope clinic

Diagnostic Testing

We operate a 5 day a week, Nurse led, Tilt Table Test Diagnostic Service.

In addition the service has access to the full range of diagnostic tests within Cardiology such as Internal Loop Recorders.

Research Trials and interests

Syncope Prediction Study

POST Trials

SYNC EDU Trial

Care Information Exchange and Syncope patients

The use of wearable technologies and remote monitoring  in Syncope

Publications

Sau A, Mereu R, Taraborrelli P, Dhutia NM, Willson K, Hayat SA, Francis DP, Sutton R, Lim PB et al., 2015, A long-term follow-up of patients with prolonged asystole of greater than 15s on head-up tilt testing., Int J Cardiol, Vol: 203, Pages: 482-485

Cardioinhibitory and vasodepressor responses to different stressors on head-up tilt

Arunashis Sau Patricia Taraborrelli Philip Moore Phang Boon Lim

EP Europace, Volume 20, Issue 1, 1 January 2018, Pages 115, https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/eux018

Published: 17 April 2017

Diagnostic role of head-up tilt test in patients with cough syncope 

Roberto Mereu Patricia Taraborrelli Arunashis Sau Alessandro Di Toro Sandra Halim Sajad Hayat Luciano Bernardi Darrel P. Francis Richard Sutton Phang Boon Lim

EP Europace, Volume 18, Issue 8, 1 August 2016, Pages 1273–1279, https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/euv283

Modification in head up tilt test protocol increases diagnostic yield and better-elucidates the mechanism of situational syncope

CW Lim A Dirksen P Taraborrelli A Sau S Nagy S Hayat PB Lim

EP Europace, Volume 19, Issue suppl_1, 1 October 2017, Pages i23, https://doi.org/10.1093/europace/eux283.007

Published: 05 October 2017

Predicting vasovagal syncope from heart rate and blood pressure: a prospective study in 140 subjects

ViragM. EricksonP. Taraborrelli R. Vetter PB. Lim R. Sutton

EP Europace, Volume 19, Issue suppl_3, 1 June 2017, Pages iii16,

20 June 2017

Possible role of head-up tilt in elucidating mechanism of chronic headache

CW. Lim P. Taraborrelli A. Dirksen S. Nagy N. Dhutia DP. Francis R. Sutton PB. Lim

EP Europace, Volume 19, Issue suppl_3, 1 June 2017, Pages iii344 -iii345, https://doi.org/10.1093/ehjci/eux158.236

Published: 20 June 2017

Ivabradine in treatment of sinus tachycardia mediated vasovagal syncope Richard Sutton, Tushar V. Salukhe Ann-Christine Franzen-Mcmanus, Andrea Collins, Phang Boon Lim, and Darrel P. Francis. 2014 Feb;16(2):284-8. doi: 10.1093/europace/eut226. Epub 2013 Sep 26.