Syncope pp 15-25 | Cite as

Pathophysiology of Syncope

  • Michele Brignole
  • David G. Benditt


As has been already introduced in Chapter 1, syncope is caused by a self-limited, relatively brief period of inadequate delivery of oxygen, glucose, and other nutrients to brain tissues.1, 2 Since neuronal tissue has very limited energy storage capability, a well-maintained flow of oxygenated blood to the brain is crucial.


Cerebral Blood Flow Autonomic Nervous System Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Systemic Arterial Pressure Cerebral Hypoperfusion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Cardiologia, Centro AritmologicoOspedali del TigullioLavagnaItaly
  2. 2.Cardiac Arrhythmia CenterMedical School, University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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