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Vasovagal syncope is the commonest cause for syncope in our population.It is also referred to as simple syncope .The mechanism is thought to be  an abnormal overshoot  response  by the vagus  in response to a  sudden surge of  adrenegic activity  usually occurring  in erect posture following   , often an emotional or physically stress full situation .The  receptors for  this  reflex pathway is thought to be located  left ventricular myocardium .

There are  two components  for  the VV syncope

  • Cardio inhibitory
  • Vaso depressive.

The quantum of contribution  by each component in a given episode of syncope varies. Pure vasodepressive or cardioinhibitory forms can occur .

Diagnostic issue

Before labeling  a patient as simple vasovagal syncope all potentially serious , cardiac causes must be ruled out. this may require a fairly extensive investigation in some

Read the related blog  : Why syncope is rarely  fatal ?


Management of vasovagal syncope.

  • Reassurance is the mainstay . By this we mean , V V syncope may never kill . . .
  • Prevention  – Involves  identifying syncope prone situations  & taking precaution
  • Emotional support
  • Pharmacological approach

Some will benefit from beta blockers, fludro cortisone(Increase the intra and extra cellular  fluid space )

Since  these are   simple ,   cheap  treatments ,  we worked over time to innovate  &   find some interventional solutions for this life threatening condition !!!.  Thus ,  the indication for cardiac pacing for vasovagal syncope came into vogue .

DDDR pacemaker was implanted worldwide for thousands of patients with vasovagal syncope .

It took  many years  for our  intellectual brains  to realise ,  there are  two limbs to vasovagal syncope Pacemakers ,  at  no stretch of imagination  is expected to counter vasodepresssive component of the syncope.

And then this article came !


Water ,  (Simple  H2O ! ) administered at right time in right quantity can prevent most  episodes of vaso vagal syncope . When a tumbler of water can be substituted for a  10000 $ misadventure  (DDD pacing)  , and  further  we have  hundreds  of similar examples in modern  day health care  ,   no surprise  why our health care system is  sinking  along  with our economy !

Epilogue :

In this  21st century   medical “AVATAR ”  , we need to realise   in a strong manner,   low cost  medicines  often   provide   high  quality  cure  ” while ,”   many of the  high cost  therapies  may  end up in  low quality  treatment !

It took 50 years of intense research of  medical comunity to realise ,  a good diet , physical activity and quitting smoking has the greatest way to control  and reverse  the cardiovascular epidemic . Please , note all of them come at free of cost .

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Humans have roughly 5 to 6 liters of blood at any given time in their  body  . Out of  this*

50% (2500ml)  is located in the systemic venous compartment.
18% is within the pulmonary circulation participating in the vital oxygenation
12% (500-600ml) is within the cardiac chambers.
8%  is in the arterial tree of  the body.
5%  is  within the  capillaries.
2%  is in the aorta.
* Source : Best & Taylor Physiological basis of  medical practice 1966, 8th edition

What is the implication of this predominantly venous distribution of blood  at rest ?

  • A competent venous tone is essential  for the human beings to maintain the erect posture.
  • Bulk of the cause of syncope in humans is due to peripheral  mechanism like loss of vascular tone and resultant venous pooling.
  • The  concept of venous reservoir is so important in emergency situations like  hypotension  as  simple elevation of legs  is equivalent to  infusing 500 -800 ml of intravenous saline .
  • Similarly during acute left ventricular failure trunk elevation and legs dangling down can reduce the pulmonary congestion very significantly and reduce pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (LVEDP)

 Autonomic dysfunction and venous insufficiency

 Autonomic dysfunction and resultant  orthostatic hypotension is directly related  to venous reservoir dysfunction.Increasing effective circulatory volume by elastic stockings or administration of mineralocorticosteroids like fludrocortisone (.5mg/day ) can be useful in this condition

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