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Funny turns or fainting

Fainting is when you briefly lose consciousness. This is also known as a blackout. A funny turn is a short period of light-headedness or dizziness.

If you have a fainting spell or funny turn, it is important to get yourself checked by a doctor.

A common cause of a fainting spell or funny turn is a vasovagal episode. Low blood pressure is another cause.

The following resource provides more information and suggests ways you can help yourself to avoid fainting.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated October 2015.

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Ways to prevent fainting & light-headedness

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