Fainting - Topic Overview
Depending on what the physical exam shows, the doctor may
want to do tests. These tests may include:
- Blood tests.
- Heart tests such as
ECG, ambulatory monitoring (with a Holter monitor or
event monitor, for example),
echocardiogram, or an exercise stress
- A tilt table test. This test checks how your body responds to
changes in position.
- Tests for nervous system problems, such as
CT scan of the head,
MRI of the brain, or
What should you do about fainting?
If you know you tend to faint at certain times (such as
when you get a shot or have blood drawn), it may help to:
- Sit with your head between your knees or lie
down if you feel faint or have warning signs such as feeling dizzy, weak, warm,
or sick to your stomach.
- Drink plenty of fluids so you don't get
- Stand up slowly.
You may need to see a doctor if you have ongoing dizziness or fainting.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 12, 2011
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