Verde Valley Medical Center invites the community to its “Heart of the Matter” cardiac education topic Monday, March 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Swooning or Medical Problem? will be presented by Bruce Peek, M.D., interventional cardiologist.
Syncope (pronounced SIN-ko-pee) is temporary loss of consciousness and posture, described as fainting or passing out. It usually is related to temporary insufficient blood flow to the brain, and most often occurs when blood pressure is too low (hypotension) and the heart doesn’t pump a normal supply of oxygen to the brain. Syncope may be caused by emotional stress, pain, pooling of blood in the legs due to sudden changes in body position, overheating, dehydration, heavy sweating or exhaustion. It also may occur during violent coughing spells (especially in men) because of rapid changes in blood pressure.
Learn about causes, symptoms, and risk factors of syncope in March’s free lecture. The program will be presented at VVMC, 269 S. Candy Lane, Cottonwood, in Conference Rooms B & C. Please call 639-6322 to reserve a seat. Walk-ins also are welcome.