Every patient is different, but common symptoms are feeling light headed, nauseous, and having cold, clammy skin. If you feel these symptoms, try counter-pressure techniques to prevent fainting. You should practice these exercises even when you do not have symptoms of syncope so you are familiar with each technique.
Hold a rubber ball in the hand you use to write. Squeeze the ball for as long as you can or until your symptoms disappear.
Grip one hand with the other and pull them against each other without letting go. Hold this grip as long as you can or until your symptoms disappear.
Cross one leg over the other and squeeze the muscles in your legs, abdomen and buttocks. Hold this position as long as you can or until your symptoms disappear.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conduct research related to syncope in laboratories at the NIH. The organizations support additional research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. Much of this research focuses on finding better ways to prevent and treat syncope.
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