Syncope Specialist

Michigan Heart Rhythm Center

Electrophysiologist located in Southeast Michigan

As you age, your risk of developing recurrent fainting issues, known as syncope, increases. To prevent injuries and identify potential heart factors that cause syncope, Dr. Zahwe offers the latest diagnostic technologies on-site at Michigan Heart Rhythm Center in Southeast Michigan. Dr. Zahwe carefully listens to your symptoms to pinpoint potential triggers for fainting and other syncope-related symptoms. He also offers innovative treatments to reduce the frequency of fainting episodes. To schedule an evaluation for syncope at this Syncope specialty clinic, book an appointment at Michigan Heart Rhythm Center today, online or by phone.

Syncope

What is syncope?

Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness, more commonly known as fainting. The condition occurs when you don’t have proper blood flow to your brain, often due to low blood pressure or slow heart rate.

In some cases, syncope is a benign condition. However, if it occurs frequently, it may be an indication of an underlying medical issue, especially within your heart. Heart-related syncope is also known as cardiac syncope, where fainting may be the result of conditions like:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Heart failure
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Slow heart rate
  • Inherited  damage to the heart’s muscles

Dr. Zahwe also offers in-office tilt table testing, which he recommends if you faint due to your heart issues. The test involves lying on a table, which tilts into different positions, so Dr. Zahwe can monitor changes in your heart and blood pressure.


What are the symptoms of syncope?

Prior to fainting, you may feel flushed in the face or warm throughout your body. You may also experience:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness

These symptoms are most common when you’re in a standing position. You may also notice your vision changes, with objects appearing gray or the development of tunnel vision.

Some patients may not experience any symptoms before fainting.


How is syncope diagnosed?

Initial consultations involve a review of your medical history and your current symptoms. Dr. Zahwe also performs a physical exam, checking for abnormalities that can trigger syncope.

If you have recurrent episodes of fainting, Dr. Zahwe can administer diagnostic tests to determine whether your syncope is heart-related.  He can recommend an electrocardiogram to learn more about your heart rhythm or a Holter monitor, which records your heart’s activity for up to 48 hours.

For some, Dr. Zahwe can conduct a tilt table test, a noninvasive procedure where you lie on a table that he can tilt into different positions. He evaluates your blood pressure and changes in your heart at those different positions.

For some, electrical evaluation of the heart may be needed. Called Electrophysiology Study, this procedure consists of Dr. Zahwe putting wires in the heart and evaluating electricity to diagnose the cause of syncope.


What treatments are available for syncope?

Depending on the cause and severity of your condition, Dr. Zahwe may recommend drinking plenty of fluids and increasing your salt intake to prevent fainting episodes.

If you have an underlying heart condition, you may need medications to control your heart rhythm and rate to reduce the frequency of your fainting. Some patient may benefit form Defibrillator, pacemaker or ablation procedure to prevent recurrence of syncope and sudden cardiac death.

Dr. Zahwe continues to monitor your treatment and may provide recommendations, such as limiting strenuous exercise or activities that can trigger fainting episodes.

If you experience persistent dizziness or fainting, schedule a diagnostic consultation at Michigan Heart Rhythm Center today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.