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How common is fainting?

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Fainting is a common problem, accounting for 3% of emergency room visits and 6% of hospital admissions. It can happen in otherwise healthy people. A person may feel faint and lightheaded (presyncope) or lose consciousness (syncope).

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Merck Manual.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 2, 2017

SOURCES: 

Heart Rhythm Society. 

American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Merck Manual.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 2, 2017

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