How to stop fainting: Learning your TRIGGERS

Most people who faint have a particular or a mix of situations which lead up to one of their faints. However, people are often not aware of them or how they can TRIGGER one of their faints. Here we highlight the importance or learning your triggers.

We are all individuals and we can all have particular reasons or trigger a faint.These stresses can be Physical (like pain or a virus), Psychological, Social or a combination of all three.

REMEMBER

  • Blood Vessels can dilate (widen) which can lets blood pool or constrict (get smaller) which sends the blood back upwards. When we walk our calf muscle helps the squeeze the blood back but not when we stand or sit still- like when watching a film. or standing for a time.
  • Warm or hot environments make our vessels widen and the blood pool and makes sweat more so dehydrates us.
  • The part of the brain that deals with stress or what it thinks are threats to the body controls our blood pressure system.

Sometimes these stresses involve emotional upset, anger or fear. However they can also be more mundane; a smell that has unpleasant memories, or being told an unpleasant story. Triggers may be physical such as acute or chronic pain, a physical illness or feeling hungry,thirsty,tired,hot or too cold.

It may be that you only need one trigger: a common one is needles. However, it may be that you need a particular mix of, seemingly very ordinary, triggers for you to feel faint.

Think about the times you have fainted in the light of what you have read and seen here. What were you doing? What had you been doing? Can you think of common situations or triggers?

What could you have done differently before you fainted? Are there any situations you would now avoid?

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Stop Fainting Team

The core team of STOP FAINTING currently work together in the Syncope Diagnostic Unit at the Hammersmith Hospital - a busy tertiary Cardiology centre in London, UK. 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.