Journal article

The prevalence of Neurally Mediated Syncope in older patients presenting with unexplained falls.

Mahesan Anpalahan, Stephen Gibson

European Journal of Internal Medicine | Published : 2012

Abstract

AIMS: To determine the prevalence and clinical significance of carotid sinus syndrome (CSS) and vasovagal syncope (VVS), the two common types of Neurally Mediated Syncope (NMS), in a cohort of older patients with unexplained falls. METHODS: Patients presenting with unexplained and accidental falls were identified from 200 consecutive admissions of falls in patients aged 65 years and older admitted to the Rapid Assessment Medical Unit (RAMU) in a teaching hospital. A sample of unexplained and accidental fallers underwent carotid sinus massage (CSM) and tilt table testing (TTT) as per a standardised protocol. Baseline characteristics, clinical variables and the prevalence of NMS were compared ..

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