Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lost Consciousness Evaluation

The evaluation of fainting begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with an episode of fainting may include:

Testing may be required in order to investigate the underlying cause for fainting in adults over the age of 40, or those who have risk factors for stroke or heart disease.

Tests that may be used to evaluate fainting include:

Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate fainting include:

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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