Syncope Clinic

Akron Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center now offers a Syncope Clinic to provide timely diagnosis and comprehensive care for children and adolescents who suffer from vasovagal syncope, one of the most common causes of fainting. Read More...

Clark John
John Clark, MD
Director, Pediatric Arrhythmia Center

Handwork Colleen
Colleen Handwork, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Smith Erin
Erin Smith, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Nurse practitioner

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Overview

Akron Children’s Hospital’s Heart Center offers a Syncope Clinic to provide timely diagnosis and comprehensive care for children and adolescents who suffer from vasovagal syncope, one of the most common causes of fainting.

 

Most cases of vasovagal syncope do not require treatment. However, for those who are affected, unexplained or sudden fainting episodes can be frightening, as well as frustrating.

 

Because it can take years to outgrow, we provide supportive care to help patients recognize the warning signs, so they can sit or lie down before losing consciousness. We also educate patients on common triggers to avoid such as dehydration or low blood sugar and prescribe therapies to minimize syncopal episodes.

 

For more information or to make an appointment, call 330-543-8521.

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What To Expect

The Heart Center team will first rule out any underlying cardiac conditions. If a cardiac arrhythmia is the cause, we can provide treatment ranging from medication and ablative therapy to an implantable cardioverter defibrillator or pacemaker.

 

If underlying conditions are ruled out, we’ll provide follow-up care in the Syncope Clinic as needed and patients will be returned to the care of their primary care physician.

 

To aid in the diagnosis of vasovagal syncope, Akron Children’s offers:

  • Electrocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Holter/loop monitoring
  • Tilt table – to simulate change in position from lying down to standing up, while evaluating the cardiovascular response to this change.

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Akron Children's Hospital
Heart Center
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 5200
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8521
Alt. Phone: 1-866-230-3463 (toll free)
Fax: 330-543-3850
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