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Re: passing out on a airplane



It has been interesting reading the various descriptions of syncope as experienced by posters on this site. My first episode occurred in March 2003, while recuperating from pneumonia. Onset was precipitated by a sudden coughing experience. I went from standing to prone (hard fall) on the deck in less that 5 seconds. I've since had four more episodes, each following rapid onset of coughing. I've had all the tests but nothing conclusive no results that point to anything that can indicate a specific treatment regimen. My attacks have occurred after 5-6 p.m., so I don't drive after late afternoon. Unlike some others who have posted here, I have high blood pressure (controlled) and have an unusually high heart rate. There needs to be more clinical research into this phenomenon.

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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