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Fainting First Aid

Posted by Elise on February 20, 2013

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Why People Faint

Fainting is a frightening experience—especially when you don’t know the cause.

What you may not realize:

 Up to half of all Americans will faint at least once during their lives.

The cause is often relatively harmless, such as standing up too quickly, getting overheated, becoming dehydrated, receiving bad news or experiencing intense fear. You can even faint when a vigorous cough stimulates nerves that trigger a decrease in blood pressure and brain circulation. But in some cases, fainting can be a red flag for a potentially serious medical condition that affects your heart, lungs or nervous system. Read the rest of this entry »

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