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Is this heart disease? or something else
butosai posted:
First of all I want to say please do your best to assist me with this issue, it really scares me when it happens to her, and she means everything to me. Thank you so much in advance.

My girlfriend at times passes out, but its not really passing out. She loses all control over her body and it just lies limp and she collapses to the floor. occasionally she will lose her eyesight aswell. But the strange thing to me is that she can still talk and have a conversation. The other day she was taking a shower and told me she was about to pass out again so i sat her on the toilet. she told me to go get her something from the kitchen and i heard her say something like oh no and then a bang. She had fallen forward and hit her head on the toilet paper roll. She has been to the doctors in the past but they cant seem to ever tell her what is really wrong with her. She also suffers from migranes that can get so bad she tries to harm other parts of her b ody to divert the pain. She has also had a few head injuries in her past.

Please help best you can. I read online that something like this could be attributed to heart disease so I posted this in this section
butosai responded:
id also like to add that it appears to be triggered by stress
billh99 responded:
It is possibly heart related, but it might well be caused by other problems.

What kind of doctors has she seen and what kind of test?
cardiostarusa1 replied to butosai's response:

"Is this heart disease? or something else?"

Realistically, this can not be truly determined via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions).

...... "it appears to be triggered by stress."

It's well-known that stress can cause various symptoms, even wreaking havoc on the entire body.

"My girlfriend at times passes out, but its not really passing out"

Causes of near-passing out/fainting/syncope or actual thereof, include vasovagal (the most common cause), cardiac (includes specific irregular heartbeat, typically duration-dependent), circulatory, neurologic, metabolic and drug-induced. Sometimes, there is no known cause (idiopathic), no identifiable cause

Additionally, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic, such as an irregular heartbeat, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities) or even be silent.

"She also suffers from migranes that can get so bad she tries to harm other parts of her body to divert the pain."

For this alone, she should consider finding a migraine specialist.

The very best of luck to your girlfriend and you down the road of life.

Take care,


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butosai replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
Thank you for the replies. What would you suggest the first course of action be? Also is this something to be worried about right now? She has had this issue for about 7 or 8 years now. Thanks
cardiostarusa1 replied to butosai's response:
You're welcome.

"She has been to the doctors in the past but they can't seem to ever tell her what is really wrong with her."

"What would you suggest the first course of action be?"

She should continue to pursue this particular medical matter, until she is 100% satisifed/confident with the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

"Also is this something to be worried about right now?"

Yes, of course, regardless of how long the symptoms have been occurring, cause as you said at times, she loses control over her body, goes limp and collapses, with occasional loss of eyesight, which is very dangerous, in which not only harm may/can come to her but to others as well (a classic example being, this happenng while driving a motor vechicle). Plus the severe migrane problem needs to be addressed accordingly.

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Buckeyemichael responded:
I would take her to a cardiac electrophysiologist for an evaluation and possibly a tilt table test. Good luck.
VickyHH responded:
You should consult a neurologist at least. It could be seizures.

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