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Sudden fainting, breathlessness. What is the issue?

Hello Sir/ Madam, I have faced a situation of suddenly fainting a couple of times. Generally it happened when i have just got up form sleep suddenly and then after a while feel a bit of breathlessness and then suddenly i find myself on the floor. I do not even remember how i had fallen and when did i fell. Just after a while i get back to normal. Please help me in diagnosing the right issue and is this a serious disorder?
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be due to:
1. Any pathology in the vestibular apparatus in inner ear (it is associated with maintenance of body posture & balance)
2. Any fluctuation in blood pressure levels such as Hypotension.
3. Decrease in blood sugar levels (Hypoglycemia)
4. Deficiency of certain nutrients like Iron, Vitamin B 12, Calcium, etc. which also interferes with blood formation & nerve conduction.
5. Tension/stress & lack of adequate rest and sleep.

Investigations like complete blood count, estimation of blood pressure and blood sugar levels will be helpful in clinching the diagnosis.
A CT scan of brain might be required to rule out any pathology.

So, it will be better to consult your General Physician & get a proper physical examination done.
So that appropriate management steps could be taken.
Meanwhile, you should maintain adequate hydration, take a healthy balanced diet & avoid stress.

There is no need to worry, you will be fine.
Wishing you a good health.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Praveen Tayal's  Response
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The symptoms that you have described are likely to be due to postural hypotension. Other cardiac causes like missed beats or rhythm irregularities also need to be ruled out. Do consult your physician for a detailed evaluation.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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