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What is fainting?

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Fainting, also called syncope (pronounced SIN-ko-pee), is a sudden, brief loss of consciousness and posture caused by decreased blood flow to the brain.

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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