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The patient with syncope

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Dr SW Dubrey
Foundation Years Journal, volume 3, issue 2, p.9 (123Doc Education, London, March 2009)


A 55-year-old black male experienced an episode of loss of consciousness while attending a funeral in Trinidad. He had flown from the UK the day before and although a little "jet-lagged" was feeling his normal self. Shortly after the ceremony he found himself in a collapsed state in the toilets of the hotel at which he was staying. He had no recollection of the events surrounding his circumstances and was not aware of any warning or aura. He assumed he had possibly had too much to drink or had simply fainted. He attended a local hospital, to check that nothing more serious was responsible. There was no shortness of breath, ankle swelling or chest discomfort.

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Dr SW Dubrey

Department of Cardiology
Hillingdon Hospital


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