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Re: passing out on a airplane



Hi I had exactly the same thing happen to me on a long haul flight in February 2003. After several tests all of which were Ok I had a tilt test where things went wrong in the last stages of the test. My consultant advised me that watchful waiting was the best policy in my case, but I had a condition known as vaso-vagal syndrome which if it happened again could be treated with me having a pacemaker fitted. However following a prostate operation in November 2003 and over exerting my self before Xmas I collapsed. I have had giddy spells since and my doctor now advises that I proceed with the pacemaker option. I am going to review things in six weeks after another long haul flight. Hope this gives you some insight.

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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