If, after taking a detailed history and performing the standard tests, we find that your loss of consciousness has a non-cardiac and non-neural origin, you might suffer from other conditions that only mimic syncope.

The most common causes of non-syncope loss of consciousness are:

  • Psychiatric disorders – Examples of these are panic attacks or anxiety.
  • Seizures – These may be hard to tell apart from syncope, because as many as 12% of patients with syncope also have a convulsive reaction that can look very much like a seizure. We usually look for specific associated signs and symptoms and ask specific questions in order to discriminate between the two.  However, if there is any doubt, you will be directed to a neurology specialist for further evaluation.