Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
It's a good idea to prepare for your appointment to make the most of your time with your doctor.
What you can do
- Write down a detailed description of your symptoms, including any triggers that you think may have caused you to faint.
- Make a list of any medications, vitamins and supplements.
- Write down questions you want to ask your doctor, including what types of tests you might need and what treatments might be helpful.
What to expect from your doctor
Questions your doctor might ask you include:
- What were you doing just before you fainted?
- What signs and symptoms, if any, did you experience before you fainted?
- Have you ever fainted before? If yes, what were you doing before you fainted then?
- Have you recently started taking a new medication?
- Have you ever had a head injury?
- Has anyone in your family died suddenly of heart problems?
During the physical exam, your doctor will listen to your heart and take your blood pressure. He or she may also massage the main arteries in your neck to see if that causes you to feel faint.
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