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Passing out describes partial or complete loss of consciousness with interruption of awareness of oneself and one's surroundings.

What to Do

Common Causes

Blackouts — especially when combined with other symptoms — can signal serious conditions, such as heart failure, high blood pressure, or heart rhythm problems. Fainting can also be a sign of less serious conditions, such as fatigue, anemia, hunger, or prolonged standing.

  • Heart Failure

    Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

  • High Blood Pressure

    In high blood pressure, the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries is too high. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the body in many ways.

  • Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmias)

    An irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

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