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Syncope Tilt Table How Is It Treated?

Non-cardiac cases of syncope may be treated by having the patient lie down with the legs elevated. If these events are infrequent, they may require no further treatment. Complete recovery can usually be expected within a short period of time (minutes to hours).

In order to treat syncope, it is important to recognize the conditions which bring it about in a patient. In some cases a device called a tilt table may be used to determine the cause. Emotional states, deprivation of sleep or food, over-indulgence in alcohol, and the experience of pain may all precipitate an occurrence.

Cardiac syncope may be controlled by treating the heart defect involved. For example, arrhythmias may be treated with medications, by the insertion of a pacemaker, or through other procedures. (See discussion under Electrophysiology.)