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Syncope (Guidelines on Diagnosis and Management of)

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

Topics: Syncope


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 Essential MessagesEssential-Messages-Syncope977 KB
2009Full TextEuropean Heart Journal (2009) 30, 2631–2671; doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehp298
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  Slide-setguidelines-Syncope-slides7 MB
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Angel Moya (Chairperson); Richard Sutton; Fabrizio Ammirati; Jean-Jacques Blanc; Michele Brignole; Johannes B. Dahm; Jean-Claude Deharo; Jacek Gajek; Knut Gjesdal; Andrew Krahn; Martial Massin; Mauro Pepi; Thomas Pezawas; Ricardo Ruiz Granell; Francois Sarasin; Andrea Ungar; J. Gert van Dijk; Edmond P. Walma; Wouter Wieling

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Table of contents: Full Text (ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines)


  • Preamble
  • Introduction

Part 1. Definition, classification & pathophysiology

  • Definition
  • Epidemiology
  • Prognosis
  • Impact of quality of life
  • Economic issues

Part 2.Initial evaluation, diagnosis, & risk stratification

  • Initial evaluation
  • Diagnostic tests

Part 3. Treatment

  • Treatment of reflex syncope and orthostatic intolerance
  • Cardiac arrhythmias as primary care
  • Syncope secondary to structural cardiac or cardiovascular disease
  • Unexplained syncope in patients with high risk of sudden cardiac death

Part 4. Special issues

  • Syncope in the elderly
  • Syncope in paediatric patients
  • Driving and syncope

Organizational aspects

  • Management of syncope in general practice
  • Management of syncope in the emergency department
  • Syncope (T-LOC) management unit

Previous versions

2004 European Heart Journal 25:2054-2072Full Text
2004 European Heart Journal 3:467-537Executive Summary
2001 European Heart Journal ; 22:1256-1306Full Text
2001 Europace 3:253-260Executive Summary

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