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New guidelines for syncope issued

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: June 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 6 - p 13
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000520236.76277.25
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New guidelines for syncope issued. The American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and Heart Rhythm Society—with input from other organizations—have issued new joint guidelines for evaluating and treating syncope. To determine the cause of fainting for an individual patient, the document advises performing a medical history, physical examination, and electrocardiogram. The guidelines caution against using magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, or routine blood tests for the evaluation of syncope, although “targeted blood tests” for selected patients may be warranted. “Fainting impacts thousands of people every day,” the writing committee chair, Win-Kuang Shen, said in a news release. “Now that we have these guidelines, physicians and clinicians will be able to make better-informed decisions and this will contribute to improved patient outcomes.” The full guidelines are available at

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