Syncope is very common and affects 42% of people during their lifetime. It is defined as a transient loss of consciousness due to cerebral hypoperfusion, characterised by a rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous complete recovery. It may be due to reflex syncope (e.g. vasovagal, situational, carotid sinus syndrome), orthostatic hypotension, postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) or other cardiac causes. Psychogenic pseudo-syncope (PPS) is a conversion disorder in which episodes resemble syncope but there is no drop in blood pressure or impairment of cerebral circulation.
The syncope hub offers a 30-minute learning module to educate GPs in the management of syncope, as well as a syncope toolkit which guides the GP through the initial assessment, appropriate investigation, and management of patients with syncope and presyncope symptoms. It covers diagnosis, awareness of key indicators and red-flags, and timely signposting of patients towards life-improving or life-saving care.
A 5-minute screencast highlights features which can help to differentiate between vasovagal syncope, epilepsy and PPS and discusses PPS in more detail, and our podcast explores the different causes of syncope in children and young adults, as well as how to diagnose and manage the condition in primary care.
CPD*: 1.0 credit *This course is 60 minutes in duration, worth a minimum of 1.0 credit. You are encouraged to reflect on any impact that this module has had on your practice and claim the actual time to complete and reflect on the course for your CPD log.