Seriousness of fainting in the elderly

Syncope (fainting), especially for those with congestive heart failure and acute coronary syndrome, can be a predictor of rehospitalization. Predictors of mortality in those with syncope, however, were diabetes mellitus, history of smoking, and use of statins. Of 352 patient charts studied, syncope was diagnosed in 243 (69%), of which 29% had cardiac syncope. At 24-month follow-up 11% died, pointing to the seriousness of fainting in the elderly. (Free abstract only.)

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