Betts TR, Briosa e Gala A. Suspected cardiac syncope requires urgent investigation. Practitioner October 2020;264(1841):15-20

Suspected cardiac syncope requires urgent investigation

27 Oct 2020Pais-up subscribers

Around 40% of people experience a syncopal event during their lifetime. Cardiac syncope accounts for 10% of presentations. Incidence rises significantly with age. Assessment should be systematic: a thorough history, physical examination including lying and standing BP and 12-lead ECG. The medical history and physical examination are key. If following initial assessment cardiac syncope is suspected patients should be referred for urgent specialist cardiovascular assessment or emergency admission.

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