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Prepare for Your Doctor Visit

Fainting (Unexplained)

Be prepared to discuss the specifics of your fainting with your doctor.

Your Fainting History

Answers to the following 11 questions may help your doctor determine the cause of your unexplained fainting:

  1. Have you had an unexplained fainting spell?
  2. When did your fainting begin?
  3. How many fainting spells have you had over the last 2 years?
  4. About how long is it between fainting spells?
  5. What were you doing before you fainted?
  6. Does your job put you at risk for fainting?
  7. Are you worried about how your fainting may affect your safety, job or family life?
  8. Do you faint during exercise?
  9. Do you feel palpitations or other irregularities before or after you faint?
  10. Have you been monitored or tested to find the cause of your fainting?
  11. Are you receiving treatment for fainting spells like medication or lifestyle changes, but the treatment is not helping?

Conversation Guide

These talking points will help you remember to share with your healthcare team important information related to your fainting.

Remember to Share…

  • A description of your fainting episodes.
  • The number of fainting episodes you’ve had in the past two years.
  • What you were doing before you fainted.
  • Any concerns you have about fainting (e.g., safety, your job, driving).
  • Any treatments you are receiving for fainting.
  • If your family has a history of undiagnosed fainting or sudden cardiac death.
  • How fainting is affecting your home and work life.

Remember to Ask…

  • Could my fainting be related to my heart? Why or why not?
  • If my fainting may be caused by my heart, what tests will be needed?
  • Should I see a heart specialist doctor to help determine why I am fainting?

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.