AACN Advanced Critical Care
September 2004, Volume 15 Number 3 , p 462 - 477
Vasovagal syncope is a condition better known as neurocardiogenic or neurally mediated syncope. Dysautonomic syncope is the irregular neuroautonomic response during the body’s attempt to maintain homeostasis. Both types of syncope are associated with orthostatic hypotension and are nonlethal. The underlying pathophysiology manifests the vast symptoms suffered by the individual. Research continues to develop new markers to improve diagnostic testing and therapies for treatment. Advanced practice nurses now have a new tool with Head-Up Tilt Training Programs to offer the patients who suffer from frequent and refractory neurocardiogenic and dysautonomic syncope.