Stokes-Adams syndrome

Stokes-Ad·​ams syndrome | \ ˌstōks-ˈad-əmz- How to pronounce Stokes-Adams syndrome (audio) \
variants: or Stokes-Adams attack or Stokes-Adams disease

Medical Definition of Stokes-Adams syndrome

: fainting induced by complete heart block with a pulse rate of 40 beats per minute or less

Note: Fainting episodes are typically recurrent and marked by fairly quick recovery. Loss of consciousness in Stokes-Adams syndrome results from reduced blood flow and is sometimes accompanied by seizures.

Patients with intermittent third-degree AV [atrioventricular] block often experience syncopal episodes, called the Stokes-Adams syndrome — Arnold M. Katz, Physiology of the Heart, 4th edition, 2001 This problem led to potentially fatal fainting spells, known as Stokes-Adams attacks.— Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, 27 Oct. 1998

called also Adams-Stokes attack, Adams-Stokes disease, Adams-Stokes syndrome

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“Stokes-Adams syndrome.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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