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.
Learn more about the types of syncope and how it is diagnosed and treated.