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)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (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)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) vasovagal syncope (1)
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)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)

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 (19 evaluations)
Side effects
somnolence vivid dreams 1 more
Total evaluations
19
Tried for
pain (4) vasovagal syncope (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drug dependence
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (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)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3) vasovagal syncope (1)
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)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia SSRI discontinuation (withdrawal) syndrome
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)
  • 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 2
20s 51
30s 59
40s 72
50s 55
60s 32
70+ 6
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 75
20-29 years 28
30-39 years 30
40-49 years 21
50-59 years 12
60-69 years 4
70+ years 2

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 52
Female 225

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 185
Not Diagnosed 23

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