Syncope is a temporary loss of consciousness and posture, often described as "fainting" or "passing out." Near-syncope is defined as a patient almost losing consciousness, and it is approached in the same way as syncope. A 2012 prospective cohort study comparing 244 patients with near-syncope and 293 with syncope showed that patients with near-syncope are as likely as those with syncope to experience critical interventions or adverse events. However, patients with near-syncope were less likely to be hospitalized, 49% versus 69% respectively, which may be a potential risk-management issue.1
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