Failure of a physiologic function or system.

Symptoms of Collapse

The following features are indicative of Collapse:
  • loss of postural tone
  • lightheadedness
  • sweating
  • pale skin
  • blurred vision
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • feeling warm
  • short episode of muscle twitching
  • loss of consciousness

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Common Causes of Collapse

The following are the most common causes of Collapse:
  • hard cough
  • having bowel movement
  • have been standing in one place for too long
  • while urinating
  • emotional distress
  • fear

Other Causes of Collapse

The following are the less common causes of Collapse:
  • severe pain
  • certain medicines such that for depression, anxiety and high blood pressure
  • drug or alcohol use
  • hyperventilation
  • low blood sugar
  • seizures
  • sudden drop in blood pressure
  • standing up very suddenly from a lying position

Risk Factors for Collapse

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Collapse:
  • abnormal electrocardiographic findings
  • concomitant trauma
  • absence of symptoms of impending syncope
  • male gender

Prevention of Collapse

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Collapse. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • when feeling weak lie down and lift legs

Occurrence of Collapse

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Collapse cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Collapse most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Collapse can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Collapse

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Collapse:
  • Blood test: To measure hemoglobin level to detect anemia or blood loss
  • Electrocardiogram: To check the electrical activity of the heart
  • Tilt table test: To draw out orthostatic syncope secondary to autonomic dysfunction

Doctor for Diagnosis of Collapse

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Collapse:
  • Neurologist
  • Cardiologist

Complications of Collapse if untreated

Yes, Collapse causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Collapse is left untreated:
  • can be fatal

Procedures for Treatment of Collapse

The following procedures are used to treat Collapse:
  • Insertion of a pacemaker: Activates the heart's muscle contractions by sending electrical impulse to the heart
  • Catheter ablation: To kill very small areas of tissue that cause abnormal electrical signals
  • Cardioversion: To restore the heart's normal rhythm
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator: Monitors the heart

Self-care for Collapse

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Collapse:
  • Lie down or sit down: To lower the chance of fainting again
  • Place head between knees: Helpful in preventing fainting

Patient Support for Treatment of Collapse

The following actions may help Collapse patients:
  • Coordinate with health care providers: Provides information and helps in coping with the disease

Time for Treatment of Collapse

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Collapse to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 day

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Collapse.

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