Treatment for syncope focuses on identifying and treating the underlying cause.
Syncope often recurs, and it can be harmless or life threatening. Therefore, people who experience an episode of syncope should seek medical attention.
Physicians group syncope into three categories:
- Noncardiac syncope,
- Cardiac syncope, and
- Syncope whose cause is unknown.
Most commonly, syncope does not occur because of a heart condition (noncardiac syncope).
Cardiac syncope results from abnormal heart rhythms or a disorder that reduces the heart's ability to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.