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Physical Counterpressure Maneuvers to Prevent and Abort Vasovagal Syncope: A Novel Effective Treatment?

  • N. Van Dijk
  • C. T. P. Krediet
  • I. G. J. M. De Bruin
  • J. J. van Lieshout
  • W. Wieling

Abstract

Vasovagal syncope is a common disorder characterized by reflex vasodilatation and bradycardia, resulting in a drop in systemic blood pressure and diminished cerebral perfusion. The episodes are usually provoked by patient- specific triggers, such as intense emotions or prolonged standing, and are self- limiting [1]. Up to half of the normal population experiences at least one episode of syncope during life. The vast majority of these episodes are of vasovagal origin [2,3].

Keywords

Muscle Sympathetic Nerve Activity Autonomic Failure Lower Body Negative Pressure Vasovagal Syncope Orthostatic Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Van Dijk
    • 1
  • C. T. P. Krediet
    • 1
  • I. G. J. M. De Bruin
    • 1
  • J. J. van Lieshout
    • 1
  • W. Wieling
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineAcademic Medical CentreAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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