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swallowing-induced syncope

From: mary


My 6-year-old daughter sometimes faints while she is eating. Her cardiologist suggested installing a pacemaker b/c she has recorded a 3 second complete a-v block with no symptoms(presumably when she actually faints the block is longer). I've read conflicting advice regarding pacemakers and syncope. Also, she has had only 4 in the last year -- the last one was several months ago.

We were wondering if anyone has had this condition or can refer me to more literature on the subject.

Thanks! Mary

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