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Pediatric Syncope

Key Points About Syncope in Children

  • Syncope is a brief loss of consciousness and muscle tone. It’s caused when the brain doesn’t get enough blood. 
  • It's usually harmless, but in a small number of children, it's caused by a heart problem.
  • Syncope is usually diagnosed with a health history and physical exam, including checking blood pressure and heart rate.
  • If there is no serious cause, syncope is managed by finding the cause and learning ways to prevent it.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Jeffrey Moak

Jeffrey Moak

Director, Electrophysiology Program
Electrophysiologist
Ashraf Harahsheh

Ashraf Harahsheh

Director, Quality Outcomes in Cardiology
Director, Kawasaki Disease Program
Director, Cardiology Resident Education
Medical Unit Director, Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg
Departments

Departments

Electrophysiology

Our pediatric electrophysiologists perform ablations and other procedures to correct abnormal heart rhythms, with a success rate close to 98 percent. Learn more about Cardiac Electrophysiology.

Cardiology

The pediatric heart experts at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provide advanced care for unborn babies, children and young adults with heart conditions.

Children's National Heart Institute

Our expert pediatric heart team, including more than 40 subspecialties, offer advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.