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WHY DO I FAINT

Why am I tired?

Why are people with dysautonomia often incorrectly diagnosed with anxiety? Why am I exhausted? If you have persistent pooling of blood in your lower body, your brain will keep activating your sympathetic nervous system to make your heart beat faster and more vigorously, and to start squeezing the vessels in your legs (vasoconstriction). If this

What is the autonomic nervous system?

The autonomic nervous system is the part of the body that controls vital functions such as heartbeat, blood pressure, bowels and bladder, temperature control, and sweating. These are involuntary processes – that is, we don’t have to think about them, because they happen automatically. There are two parts of the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic

What is dysautonomia?

Dysautonomia is an impairment of the autonomic nervous system. It may manifest as problems with the bodily functions described above – changes in heart rate, blood pressure, breathing patterns, sweatiness and temperature regulation. The term dysautonomia includes a variety of conditions such as Vasovagal Syncope (VVS), orthostatic hypotension, orthostatic intolerance, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS),

Advice For Those Wearing PPE: It’s not only our patients who faint

This article looks at the challenges for fainters having to wear PPE during COVID 19 and offers some advice PPE offers some protection from COVID 19. This usually consists of an FFP3 mask, a tight-fitting mask with a filter that if worn properly, feels like it impedes breathing, particularly on the in-breath, as if one

Answers to Questions about Fainting and Covid 19/Coronavirus

In this article the Stop Fainting team answer the most frequently asked questions by our patients about Coronavirus / Covid 19. Question:  I faint. Am I at a higher risk for the Coronavirus? Answer: Having a tendency to faint WITHOUT any other of the health conditions outlined in http://www.nhs.uk advice does not put you in a

Sun, Sightseeing and Syncope: Fainting on Holiday (Part 1)

The syncope team are often asked about how to avoid fainting on a trip away or holiday. In the first of two companion posts, the syncope nurses explore the likely reasons for one woman’s holiday faint. Barbara’s Holiday Faint “Barbara” and her husband “Tom” had been looking forward to their break to a destination they

HOW CAN I STOP FAINTING

Breathe yourself better!

    Watch Dr Lim giving a demonstration of HeartMath biofeedback device on the following link:

Tips for managing dysautonomia

We have written a few tips and tricks to manage your condition before you even get near a doctor.  If you have any more, please do get in touch with us so that we can add them to our list. 1. Know your blood pressure If you are suffering with dysautonomia its generally a good

Advice For Those Wearing PPE: It’s not only our patients who faint

This article looks at the challenges for fainters having to wear PPE during COVID 19 and offers some advice PPE offers some protection from COVID 19. This usually consists of an FFP3 mask, a tight-fitting mask with a filter that if worn properly, feels like it impedes breathing, particularly on the in-breath, as if one

The Power of Placebo – a Syncope Perspective

Is placebo relevant in syncope? “What the scalpel is to the surgeon, words are to the physician” Time and time again, “expert” syncope doctors are asked to review patients who have been referred after seeing several different doctors including general practitioners, cardiologists, neurologists occasionally several different specialists. One of the most striking findings when an “expert

Fainting on Holiday Part 2: Planning a Faint Free Vacation.

The Stop Fainting nurses are frequently asked for advice planning a holiday/ vacation or travelling. In this article, the nurses offer some guidance as to the main points you should consider when thinking about taking a holiday or travelling. Before You Go. 'Location, Location,Location' Getting there and back When most of us plan a holiday

Why do we faint? An Expert opinion from Dr Wieling

In the video below, Dr Wouter Wieling, one of the pioneers in our understanding of syncope and who developed the idea of isometric counter-pressure manoeuvres, explains why we feel faint. In his inspiring way, Dr. Wieling explains, simply, why we faint and how the body provides you with tools to stop fainting. Dr  Wieling is

WHO CAN HELP ME

Register Now for STARS (Syncope) and Arrhythmia Alliance Patients’ Day

This year The Arrhythmia Alliance and STARS have moved their wonderful annual meeting of experts and patients to a virtual setting.  The Virtual Patient’s Day is on 27/9/20 and for £10 you can listen to talks by a host of specialists in the world of syncope – including Dr Boon Lim for the next 12

Answers to Questions about Fainting and Covid 19/Coronavirus

In this article the Stop Fainting team answer the most frequently asked questions by our patients about Coronavirus / Covid 19. Question:  I faint. Am I at a higher risk for the Coronavirus? Answer: Having a tendency to faint WITHOUT any other of the health conditions outlined in http://www.nhs.uk advice does not put you in a

The Power of Placebo – a Syncope Perspective

Is placebo relevant in syncope? “What the scalpel is to the surgeon, words are to the physician” Time and time again, “expert” syncope doctors are asked to review patients who have been referred after seeing several different doctors including general practitioners, cardiologists, neurologists occasionally several different specialists. One of the most striking findings when an “expert

What Can Family and Friends Do?

Many businesses, large and small, have a huge source of great ideas that can help them improve, innovate, and grow, and yet so many of these companies never think of using this amazing corporate asset. What is this highly valuable asset? Its own people.

Who can tell me if I faint?

Should you experience a loss of consciousness it is very important that you gain the correct diagnosis – or explanation for why it happened. The correct diagnosis is a crucial part of receiving the correct treatment. In this section the STOP FAINTING team explain who can help you get the right diagnosis and how. Your

3 Tips On Coping with Fainting by our Psychologist

Psychologist, Dr Morwenna Opie-Moran gives her advice on how you can help yourself deal with your fainting episodes. Follow these 3 tips to help improve your quality of life. Tip number 1 - Meditation: Try to meditate and relax at least for 5-10 minutes daily in a quite environment. Tip number 2 - Stay Social:

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