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Understanding Fainting -- Diagnosis and Treatment

What Are the Treatments for Fainting? continued...

Once they regain consciousness, do not allow someone who has fainted to get up immediately. Elevate the person's feet. If he or she was lying down, wait several minutes before asking them to sit up. Ask them to sit for several minutes before standing. Then be prepared to support them in case they faint again when they stand.

If you suffer from episodes of fainting, the type of treatment your doctor offers will depend on the cause of your fainting spells and how often you experience them.

Infrequent non-heart related fainting may not need to be treated.

You may be given certain medications to manage the underlying problem, or if you have an irregular heartbeat you may require a pacemaker.

In certain instances, you may be asked to wear support hose that help keep your blood pressure in balance or to increase your salt intake, which increases blood volume.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on April 04, 2014
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