We’ve all done it. And as scary, and in some cases embarrassing, as it can be fainting indicates nothing more than a slight decrease in blood supply to the brain due to commonalities such as low blood pressure or low blood sugar the majority of the time. However, doctors at Ottawa’s Hospital Research Institute, in Canada, note that it’s roughly 10-percent of fainting cases that we should be concerned about.
Canadian epidemiologist, Dr. Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy MBBS, explains that in these rarer cases fainting can indicate a serious underlying health condition…
1. Underlying Heart Disease
According to research from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, approximately 1 in 4 unexplained cardiac arrests occur in individuals who’ve previously fainted, a condition medical professionals call a “syncope”.
Cardiologists note that in addition to previous episodes of fainting, patients also complained of heart palpitations and chest pain. Bringing these concerns to your doctor’s attention right away, may help identify the risk of underlying cardiovascular disease much earlier.