Researchers May Have Found the First Treatment for Chronic Fainting

A pacemaker might help people prone to fainting stay on their feet more, according to preliminary research out this The findings from this study and others could very well lead to pacemakers becoming the first dedicated treatment for chronic fainting.

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This also isn’t the first bit of encouraging evidence suggesting that pacemakers can prevent some kinds of recurrent fainting, including in people with known heart problems, though other research suggests that pacemakers may not be a good fit for all people with this condition.

So if this research holds up, pacemakers could prove to be a valuable treatment option for people who haven’t had much of one in the first place. “Our study shows that pacing can be an effective treatment for selected people with unpredictable fainting episodes.

People at risk for recurrent vasovagal syncope can be identified through a tilt test, in which the person lies on a table that tilts up while their blood pressure and heart rate are measured, with the tilt mimicking standing up quickly.

That amounts to a 77% percent reduction in the relative risk of fainting, the authors noted, and they estimated that the use of a pacemaker would prevent fainting for roughly every two people with this form of syncope.

Some people are unlucky enough to have recurrent episodes of fainting, which may be tied to chronic conditions like seizure or have no known origin.

A pacemaker might help people prone to fainting stay on their feet more, according to preliminary research out this week.

More than 50% of people in the control group reported at least one bout of fainting during that time, while only 16% in the group with a functional pacemaker reported the same.

More than 120 people who had had at least two episodes of fainting without warning in the past year and had a response to the tilt test were recruited into a clinical trial.

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