Syncope is a relatively common occurrence in the general population and can represent a benign vaso-vagal response or a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia or other severe cardiac condition. Because of the broad differential diagnosis, the evaluation and management of the patient can be time-consuming and complex.

Course Details

In this course, you will learn:
  • To enumerate an effective differential diagnosis of syncope and its underlying causes.
  • To define an appropriate assessment for the patient presenting with syncope.
  • To list high-risk findings associated with syncope that suggest a cardiac cause.

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.

The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close that tab.


Estimated time to Complete: 20 minutes
Credit/contact hours: .25
Expiration date: March 7, 2018
Publication date: March 8, 2018

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Course Author

Amy West Pollak, MD

Dr. West Pollak is currently on staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
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