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Vasovagal Syncope

by Heidi Nestor, Writer and Editor, Life Alert

Did you know that almost half of people experience a Vasovagal episode, better known as fainting, at one time in their life?   Though not life threatening in of itself an unexpected fall from fainting, especially for an elderly person, could be dangerous.

Vasovagal Syncope can occur from dehydration, hunger, standing or sitting too long, low blood pressure, and even intense laughter can trigger fainting.  The actual cause of fainting can be determined by your doctor.

Sometimes that woozy feeling can occur suddenly leaving you no time to call family, friends, or even 911 but with Life Alert it just takes a push of button for help to arrive in minutes as Jacqueline G., of Drakes Branch, VA discovered.  She says, “I fainted in the bathroom, woke up, head against the tub, could not move, and used my Life Alert button.  Rescue squad had to take doors down but got to me and got me to the hospital.”

There have been times when members were in life-threatening situations and weren’t able to reach a phone or call for help.  Eulalla D., from Moline, IL tells us the time she fainted:

I blacked out and fell in my home, and gashed my head 5 ½ inches.  I pressed my button and Life Alert spoke to me over the monitor and said, “Help is on the way.”  Medics arrived right away and took care of me, and took me to ER.  I’m on Coumadin so I bled profusely.  Without your service I could’ve bled to death.  I had my best friend sign up with Life Alert.

Some of our testimonies even thank Life Alert for the help they received after fainting when the Life Alert pendant was activated from their fall.  Catherine in San Diego had a similar experience.  She writes:

One early morning, feeling dizzy, I pressed my pendant.  As usual a pleasant voice asked, “Are you O.K.?”  I told them of my dizziness.  I remember nothing until I was told in the hospital that I was being moved from emergency to a hospital room.  Your employee phoned my neighbors who have my keys and I am told they arrived before 4 paramedics and 4 firemen.  I am eternally grateful for your efficiency.  I monthly test my box and pendant and your employees are pleasant, compassionate and professional.  Thanks to all for their considerations.

Life Alert is committed to getting you the help you need when minutes mean the difference between life and death.  So, stay alert with Life Alert.


The information provided above is, to the best of our knowledge, reliable and accurate. However, while Life Alert always strives to provide true, precise and consistent information, we cannot guarantee 100 percent accuracy. Readers are encouraged to research any statements made and use any resource links provided to gather more information before drawing conclusions and making decisions.
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