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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Fainting

Health Tip: Risk Factors for Fainting


(HealthDay News) -- Fainting occurs when you temporarily lose consciousness because of a sudden drop in blood flow to the brain.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine mentions these possible causes of fainting:

  • Straining to produce a bowel movement.
  • Having a prolonged bout of coughing.
  • Standing in one spot for an extended period.
  • Standing up too quickly from lying down.
  • Having extreme pain or fear.
  • Bleeding heavily.
  • Suffering significant dehydration.
  • Having a rapid drop in blood pressure.
  • Taking certain medications, or abusing drugs or alcohol.
  • Hyperventilating.
  • Having low blood sugar.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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