Recognizing life-threatening causes of syncope.
Cardiol Clin. 2013 Feb;31(1):51-66
Authors: Khoo C, Chakrabarti S, Arbour L, Krahn AD
While the overall prognosis of syncope is favorable, the identification of individuals with a potentially life-threatening cause is of paramount importance. Cardiac syncope is associated with an elevated risk of mortality, and includes both primary arrhythmic and obstructive etiologies. Identification of these individuals is contingent on careful clinical assessment and judicious use of diagnostic investigations. This article focuses on life-threatening causes of syncope and a diagnostic approach to facilitate their identification.
PMID: 23217687 [PubMed - in process]