Syncope Care in Houston, TX
Syncope is the medical term for fainting. Episodes of syncope involve a temporary loss of consciousness that typically occurs in response to low blood pressure (lack of blood flow to the brain). Approximately 3% of men and 3.5% of women will experience syncope during their lifetime. While it can occur at any age, the incidence of syncope doubles in those over 75.
Syncope as a Symptom of an Underlying Heart Condition
Syncope is a symptom of an underlying condition. It’s important to understand the cause of syncope, which can range from a harmless condition to one that is life-threatening, such as a serious heart condition that may include:
- Abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Blood flow obstruction in the heart or cardiac blood vessels (ischemia)
- Valve disease
- Aortic stenosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart failure
Because cardiac syncope can increase the risk of sudden cardiac death, it is critically important to be evaluated by a cardiologist.
At our Syncope Center, Dr. Alireza Nazeri will evaluate your symptoms and determine if a heart condition is the cause. As a board-certified cardiologist and electrophysiologist, Dr. Nazeri specializes in treating syncope that is related to heart rhythm disorders such as AFib, bradycardia, tachycardia, and others.