Based on study findings, authors conclude that patients with frequent fainting episodes are safe to drive with minimal restrictions. In fact, estimated risk of car accidents is even lower in patients with vasovagal syncope than the general population.
Why did I almost pass out while driving?
In the current study, neurally mediated syncope was the presumed cause of syncope in 37.3% of patients when syncope occurred during driving. Cardiac arrhythmias (bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia, or supraventricular arrhythmias) comprised 11.8% of causes of syncope while driving.
Does vasovagal syncope make you tired?
After an episode of vasovagal syncope, many people will feel terrible for a few hours or even for the next few days, or even longer. During this “postdromal” period they commonly experience extreme fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and loss of appetite.
Can you drive with reflex syncope?
Syncope with avoidable trigger or otherwise reversible cause Must not drive for 4 weeks. Driving may resume after 4 weeks only if the cause has been identified and treated.
Is it safe to drive with vasovagal syncope?
Legal restrictions on the ability to drive for patients with a predilection to syncope vary significantly among jurisdictions, but most prohibit driving for 3-12 months. The risk of syncope while driving among patients with frequent episodes of vasovagal syncope appears to be very low in this study.
Can a person with syncope drive a car?
A sudden loss of consciousness while driving may cause a motor vehicle accident, serious injury, or death of the vehicle occupants or other motorists and pedestrians. Legal restrictions on the ability to drive for patients with a predilection to syncope vary significantly among jurisdictions, but most prohibit driving for 3-12 months.
Can a neurally mediated syncope cause nocturnal fainting?
It is important to remember that neurally mediated syncope can present atypically, as demonstrated by our case. Vasovagal syncope should be considered as a cause of nocturnal syncope after exclusion of more serious diagnoses such as structural heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, and epilepsy.
What is the difference between supine and vasovagal syncope?
Supine syncope is an uncommon symptom seen most frequently (in the context of cardiovascular disorders) in association with structural heart disease and arrhythmia. Vasovagal syncope while supine is a rare occurrence due to the absence of orthostatic stress and the presence of gravitational effects maintaining adequate cerebral perfusion.