Stress is a normal part of life. Many events can create stress, for example: bereavement, ill health, change of occupation, problems at work, unemployment, financial worries and relationship problems.
A challenge can be exciting, and a certain amount of stress can be positive. However, too much stress can cause health problems. Different people react differently to the pressures of life.
It is important to recognise the signs of stress and to manage them appropriately. Symptoms include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Restless nights
- Exacerbation of other medical problems for example
- Asthma attacks
- Menstrual disorders
- Digestive complaints such as indigestion, diarrhoea or constipation
- High blood pressure
- Skin disorders
- Crying unexpectedly
- Having difficulty in collecting your thoughts and making decisions
- Being short-tempered
- Loss of sex drive
- Feeling helpless
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Feeling lack of achievement
Some people feel that alcohol and cigarettes help them cope with the effects of stress. In truth, these only offer short-term help and in the longer-term they can only make things worse.
ADVICE REGARDING STRESS MANAGEMENT
Side-effects of medication
If your syncope is due to side-effects of medication, your doctor will advise you of any alternative options. Remember, never stop your medication without discussing this first with your doctor.
Syncope related to heart problems.
There are many different heart problems that can result in patients experiencing episodes of syncope. Treatment will depend upon the particular diagnosis. Generally, however, syncope is related to problems with the heart rhythm beating either:
- Too slowly, which may require a pacemaker
- Too fast or erratically, which may require:
- Cardioversion – the restoration of normal heart rhythm by controlled electric shock
- Catheter ablation
- A pacemaker
- An implantable defibrillator
Occasionally syncope may be due to problems with low blood pressure, the heart muscle, the heart valves or the coronary arteries. In these situations the treatment is directed at the underlying cause.