7 Things That Can Make You Faint

Fainting happens when you lose consciousness for a short amount of time because your brain isn't getting enough oxygen. The medical term for fainting is syncope. Although fainting is not exactly alarming and a serious health problem, it is better if you know the possible cause for the sudden drop in consciousness.

Studies show that most people also suffer form a vasovagal attack or neurally-mediated syncope which is a common type of fainting spell. This type of attack is usually seen in children and young adults. A vasovagal attack occurs because the blood pressure drops, reducing circulation to the brain and causing loss of consciousness.

When a patient loses their consciousness, those who help the patient at that point of time should be able to sprinkle a few drops of water on the patient's face. The patient is also required to drink sips of water and to breathe with ease. If the patient feels uneasy and weak, it is necessary to rush him/her to the nearest hospital.

Check the pressure of the person and if possible it is best to also take a blood test to rule out all health problems, which is listed below.

Blood Pressure Problems

Low blood pressure is a dangerous condition and can cause you to faint. This problem which is also called as hypoglycemia, requires one to not miss a meal as skipping food can cause a decrease in the sugar levels and pressure in the body.

Standing Up Too Quickly

Standing up too quickly can make the blood rush to the legs without going to the brain with ease, thus making you feel like faint. One should not wake up from the bed or a seat with a hurry. Give your body a certain amount of time.


Hypertension is one of the main killers and the reason why many people suffer from multiple health problems. It is necessary to keep stress under control as it can cause other problems apart from making you faint.

You've Become Emotional

An overwhelming situation can cause mixed emotions in your body, making you feel unstable on your feet. When you become emotional the blood pressure arises in the body, you will begin to sweat more and thus a feeling of faint might occur as well.

A Hungry Tummy

At some point, you've probably experienced that awful light-headedness that comes when you've gone too long without eating, and this comes from a lack of fuel for your brain.

An Irregular Heartbeat

It is the most common type of heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) which can make you feel unstable on your feet. This abnormality is caused when there is an interruption of normal flow of blood to the brain. This interruption means the condition puts you at risk for blood clots and stroke.

First Sign Of Pregnancy

Feeling like faint is one sign of pregnancy. If you are expecting this problem, it is wise to take a home pregnancy test or get a blood test done at a reputed hospital. 

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Story first published: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 11:04 [IST]
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