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Syncope, falls and faints (podcast)

Syncope, falls and faints (podcast)



Time to Complete

0.25 hours


June 5, 2018


June 15, 2018

Programme Description

In this podcast, Dr Raj Thakkar looks at transient loss of consciousness (TLOC), and its causes including syncope and epilepsy. Key learning points for GPs include distinguishing cardiac and vascular causes of syncope and the importance of investigations including ECGs. Running time: 14 minutes.

Educational Objectives

After listening to this podcast, healthcare professionals will be better able to:
  • Recall the main types of TLOC
  • Differentiate between causes of TLOC - syncope, epilepsy, psychogenic and other
  • Understand the characteristics of syncope including the `3Ps’ of prodrome, provocation and position
  • Risk-stratify patients and identify vascular or cardiac causes of syncope
  • Reflect on the outcomes associated with cardiac causes of syncope
  • Understand what is meant by postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS)
  • Appreciate the importance of ECG investigations
  • List syncopal mimics that may present in general practice
  • Recall the features of epilepsy that distinguish it from syncope
  • Presenters

    Dr Raj Thakkar
    GP, Wooburn Green, Buckinghamshire
    Primary care cardiology lead, Oxford Academic Health Science Network, NHS England
    Clinical commissioning director, planned care, Buckinghamshire CCG

    Pat Anderson
    MIMS Learning


    This podcast was supported by an educational grant from Medtronic. Medtronic has had no input into content.


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring a podcast recorded on the 11th of May 2018. A credit award of 15 minutes (0.25 CPD credits) is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. Please listen to the whole podcast and then proceed through to the evaluation in order to obtain your MIMS Learning CPD certificate. This will be added to your CPD organiser.

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