Goals and Objectives

  • Resident will be comfortable with initial evaluation and basic management of patients with syncope

Learning Objectives
  • Resident will be able to list life-threatening causes of syncope
    • Arrhythmia
    • Structural Heart Disease
    • Anemia / Blood Loss
    • Pulmonary Embolism
    • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Resident will be able to name high-risk groups in patients with syncope
    • Elderly
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Structural heart disease
    • Abnormal ECG
    • Family history of sudden death
  • Resident will be able to describe high-risk ECG findings in patients with syncope
    • Ischemia
    • Tachy- and brady-arrhythmias
    • Wolff-Parkinson-White
    • Brugada Syndrome
    • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
    • Long QT
    • Pericardial Effusion
Recommended Resources

Prior to Conference

Additional Resources


ECG in Syncope

Consensus Statements

Original Post by Eric Shappell on 12/03/2014
Reviewed by James Ahn on 01/06/2015
Last Updated by Eric Shappell on 05/10/2016 Contact / Feedback