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What does fainting mean?

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While fainting may indicate a particular medical condition, sometimes it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. Fainting is a particular problem for the elderly who may suffer serious injuries from falls when they faint. Most episodes are very brief. In most cases, the individual who has fainted regains complete consciousness within just a few minutes.

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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