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TOPIC 1: Syncope

Learning outcomes

At the end of this week:

  • At the end of this week, you are an expert in risk stratification of syncope patients. You are aware of risk stratification tools, and you can justify your risk stratification for individual patients with sound, evidence-based arguments.
  • Your list of differential diagnoses for individual patients is relevant and structured, and you choose investigations for syncope patients wisely and with sound justification.
  • You are an expert in interpreting ECGs related to syncope patients.

Suggestions for basic sciences review

  • Pathophysiology of the most common causes of syncope, including:
    • Neurocardiogenic (‘vasovagal’) syncope;
    • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM);
    • Valvular abnormalities, particularly aortic stenosis (AS) and mitral regurgitation (MR);
    • Brugada syndrome;
    • Arrhythmogenic RV dysplasia.
  • Pharmacology of common medications that cause syncope, including in the setting of polypharmacy and/or medication interactions.

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