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    Fainting Treatment

    Call 911 if the person:

    • Has blue lips or face
    • An irregular or slow heartbeat
    • Chest pain
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Is difficult to awaken
    • Acts confused

    • Has blue lips or face
    • An irregular or slow heartbeat
    • Chest pain
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Is difficult to awaken
    • Acts confused

    1. Make the Person Safe

    • Lay the person flat on his or her back.
    • Elevate the person's legs to restore blood flow to the brain.
    • Loosen tight clothing.

    2. Try to Revive the Person

    • Shake the person vigorously, tap briskly, or yell.
    • If the person doesn't respond, call 911 immediately and start CPR if necessary.
    • If an AED is available, bring it by the person and use it if you have been trained on its use.

    3. Do Home Care for Simple Fainting

    • If the person is alert, give fruit juice, especially if the person has not eaten in more than 6 hours or has diabetes.
    • Stay with the person until he or she is fully recovered.

    4. Call a Health Care Provider

    See a health care provider right away if the person:

    • Faints more than once in a month
    • Experiences unusual symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, or difficulty talking

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2015

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