Fainting Red Flags
Did your patient have a SVNCOPE attack?
Is it Situational, Vasovagal, Neurogenic, Cardiogenic, Orthostatic, Psychogenic, or Endocrine?
Serious reasons why your patient fainted…
If your patient presents with…
- Symptoms of arm ischemia or paresthesias with syncope – Subclavian steal syndrome
- Chest pain that is acute, radiates, tearing/sharp, involves symptoms above and below diaphragm with syncope – Aortic dissection
- Tachypnea, pleuritic chest pain, shortness of breath with syncope – PE
- Neurologic deficit with syncope – TIA/stroke
- Headache that is sudden in onset, maximal at onset, worst of life with syncope – Subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Minor trauma with head or neck pain and syncope – Carotid/vertebral artery dissection
- Abdominal/flank pain in older patient with syncope – Ruptured AAA