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out in the morning while washing her face in the sink

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My wife sometimes passes out in the morning while washing her face in the sink. We've gone to the emergency room before, but they didn't find any reason. She is 62, tends to get overheated really fast, and drinks very little water. Could there be a simple reason she passes out that is not indicative of something serious?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 8 years ago.

How long it is happening?

Does she have any other disease?

Does she take any medicine?

Does she feel any symptom before passing out?

How is her blood pressure , pulse?

What tests were done?

Waiting for your reply.

Thank you.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
It has happened a couple of times over the past two years. She has an obliterated thyroid and takes Syntroid, and she has osteoporosis and takes Fosomax on Monday mornings. She is generally very healthy, walks everywhere, weighs only 110 lbs. Her blood pressure is always good, even when taken in the emergency room. The last time, they did EKG, x-rays, blood work.
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for the information.

From her symptoms it appears that she is having syncopal attacks .

Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness due to transient loss of blood supply to the brain.

Symptoms are sensation of warmth, nausea, lightheadedness, sweating, blurring of vision, inability to stand, low pulse & blood pressure etc.

In syncope blood pressure drops, the vessels of the leg becomes dilated, pooling of blood in the periphery leads to poor circulation in the brain.

When there is low blood supply to the brain, there triggers a compensatory mechanism of the body to reestablish the circulation.

When she lays down the blood supply to brain gets normal & she recovers.

One of the common cause of syncope is vasovagal attack. However there can be other causes like heart diseases , coughing spells, neurologic or lung problems , dehydration, emotional stress, exposure to heat etc.

As she takes less fluid dehydration can play a role here.

However she needs detail investigation to rule out the other factors.

I hope this information will be helpful.

Please ask if you need any clarification.

Best wishes.
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