Did I Faint Or Have A Seizure?

What is a vasovagal seizure?

Vasovagal syncope (vay-zoh-VAY-gul SING-kuh-pee) occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress.

It may also be called neurocardiogenic syncope.

The vasovagal syncope trigger causes your heart rate and blood pressure to drop suddenly..

Is a vasovagal attack serious?

A vasovagal attack itself is not serious; however, injury is possible during a fainting episode. Prolonged standing is associated with vasovagal attacks because blood may pool in the legs, thus reducing blood flow to the brain. Heat exposure can also lead to a vasovagal attack.

How do I stop syncope episodes?

If you experience any warning signs and feel like you’re about to faint, stop what you’re doing and sit or lie down. Try to lower your body down to the ground and elevate your legs higher than your head. This helps support blood flow back to the brain and may be enough to prevent a syncopal episode.

Does vasovagal syncope ever go away?

People who have vasovagal syncope usually regain consciousness after a few seconds, once they have fallen (or, if they’re lucky, are helped) to the ground. This is because once on the ground, gravity no longer causes the blood to pool in the legs and the blood pressure improves almost immediately.

What are the 4 classifications of syncope?

Syncope is classified as neurally mediated (reflex), cardiac, orthostatic, or neurologic (Table 1).

Is it a seizure or syncope?

Many syncopal events include loss of consciousness as the only symptom. The diagnostic problem occurs when a patient with syncope also has myoclonic jerks or convulsions. These events are sometimes referred to as seizure-like syncope or convulsive syncope.

Can vasovagal syncope look like a seizure?

Vasovagal syncope may mimic epileptic seizures in many ways. This makes the differentiation of the two events sometimes problematic. Syncope is the impairment of cardiovascular autonomic control, which results in gradual failure of cerebral perfusion.

How do I know if I’ve had a seizure?

A staring spell. Uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs. Loss of consciousness or awareness. Cognitive or emotional symptoms, such as fear, anxiety or deja vu.

Why do I faint when I poop?

Special pressure receptors in the blood vessels in the neck register the increased pressure from straining and trigger a slowing of the heart rate to decrease in blood pressure, leading people to faint.

What do you do if someone has a vasovagal syncope?

To immediately treat someone who has fainted from vasovagal syncope, help the person lie down and lift his or her legs up in the air. This will restore blood flow to the brain, and the person should quickly regain consciousness.

Can fainting look like a seizure?

When someone has muscle jerks, or what seems to be a seizure immediately following a faint, it is often called convulsive syncope. While convulsive syncope can be difficult to differentiate from a seizure, it is usually very easy to treat. It may happen again with future faints, but it is not linked with epilepsy.

What type of seizures make you pass out?

Tonic-clonic (or grand mal) seizures: These are the most noticeable. When you have this type, your body stiffens, jerks, and shakes, and you lose consciousness. Sometimes you lose control of your bladder or bowels. They usually last 1 to 3 minutes — if they go on longer, someone should call 911.