Lots of people worry about atherosclerosis -- or hardening of the arteries
-- as a factor in heart
disease and stroke. But did you know that diabetes, high
cholesterol, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity are
all major risk factors for atherosclerosis?
Take the case of Barbie Perkins-Cooper, 57, a writer from Mount Pleasant,
S.C. When she discovered that she had type 2
diabetes, she also discovered that she was at risk for atherosclerosis.
What's worse: her high cholesterol...
one time is usually nothing to worry about. But it is a good idea to see your
doctor, because fainting could have a serious cause.
What causes fainting?
Fainting is caused by a drop
in blood flow to the brain. After you lose consciousness and fall or lie down,
more blood can flow to your brain so you wake up again.
common causes of fainting are usually not signs of a more serious illness. In these cases, you faint because
The vasovagal reflex, which causes the heart
rate to slow and the blood vessels to widen, or dilate. As a result, blood
pools in the lower body and less blood goes to the brain. This reflex can be
triggered by many things, including stress, pain, fear, coughing, holding your
breath, and urinating.
Fainting caused by the vasovagal reflex is often easy to
predict. It happens to some people every time they have to get a shot or they
see blood. Some people know they are going to faint because they have symptoms
beforehand, such as feeling weak, nauseated, hot, or dizzy. After they wake up,
they may feel confused, dizzy, or ill for a while.
Some causes of
fainting can be serious. These include: