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Syncope is a sudden, transient loss of consciousness associated with inability to maintain postural tone. Syncope accounts for approximately 3 percent of ED visits each year. The elderly population has the highest incidence and is at increased risk for morbidity from syncopal episodes. 1 Near-syncope, a premonition of syncope without loss of consciousness, shares the same basic pathophysiologic processes as syncope.

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