Vasovagal syncope

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What is vasovagal syncope?

Vasovagal syncope, the most common type of syncope, occurs in response to triggers and results in a brief loss of consciousness and quick recovery. It is caused by a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure, which reduces the flow of blood to the brain.

Common symptoms reported by people with vasovagal syncope

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with vasovagal syncope

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) vasovagal syncope (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zofran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
nausea (4) vasovagal syncope (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (2) vasovagal syncope (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
vasovagal syncope (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2) vasovagal syncope (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Pain (3)

Data from patients with vasovagal syncope, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with vasovagal syncope

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (18 evaluations)
Side effects
somnolence vivid dreams 1 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (4) vasovagal syncope (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zofran)
Perceived effectiveness
for nausea (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
nausea (4) vasovagal syncope (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal pain headaches 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
balance problems brain fog 6 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drug dependence
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2) vasovagal syncope (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Florinef)
Perceived effectiveness
for vasovagal syncope (4 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal bloating feeling of heart pounding 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
vasovagal syncope (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness hyperactivity 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (2) vasovagal syncope (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with vasovagal syncope, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has vasovagal syncope on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 1
20s 51
30s 53
40s 64
50s 45
60s 25
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 71
20-29 years 26
30-39 years 29
40-49 years 16
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 4
70+ years 2

Sex

Distribution of sex

80% Female
20% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 166
Not Diagnosed 21

These charts show data from vasovagal syncope patients who have completed their condition history
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