Stokes-Adams syndrome

noun

Stokes-Ad·​ams syndrome ˌstōks-ˈad-əmz- How to pronounce Stokes-Adams syndrome (audio)
variants or Stokes-Adams attack or Stokes-Adams disease
: 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 syndromeArnold M. Katz, Physiology of the Heart, 4th edition
This problem led to potentially fatal fainting spells, known as Stokes-Adams attacks.Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times

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

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“Stokes-Adams syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Stokes-Adams%20syndrome. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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