Lookup NU author(s): Professor Julia Newton,
Professor Rose Anne Kenny,
Dr Christine Baker
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Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is an exaggerated tendency to the common faint that affects any age group. Conventional treatment is non-specific and involves strategies to increase blood pressure. Patients with VVS are often unable to work or complete education due to actual, or fear of, syncopal symptoms. Here we present a series of nine patients with VVS whose symptoms had proved resistant to conventional treatments where intervention with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) led to significant reductions in reported syncopal episodes and consultations at our unit. All subjects postintervention were able to return to work or schooling. CBT is an effective treatment in those with difficult to manage VVS. Randomized controlled trials are needed. © 2003 The European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Newton JL, Kenny RA, Baker CR
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Print publication date: 01/07/2003
ISSN (print): 1099-5129
ISSN (electronic): 1532-2092
Publisher: Oxford University Press
PubMed id: 12842647
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