Journal Article

Cognitive behavioural therapy as a potential treatment for vasovagal/neurocardiogenic syncope—a pilot study

J. L. Newton, R. A. Kenny and C. R. Baker

in EP Europace

Published on behalf of European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Volume 5, issue 3, pages 299-301
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 1099-5129
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1532-2092 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1099-5129(03)00030-8
Cognitive behavioural therapy as a potential treatment for vasovagal/neurocardiogenic syncope—a pilot study

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Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is an exaggerated tendency to the common faint that affects any age group. Conventional treatment is non-specific and involves strategies to increase blood pressure. Patients with VVS are often unable to work or complete education due to actual, or fear of, syncopal symptoms.

Here we present a series of nine patients with VVS whose symptoms had proved resistant to conventional treatments where intervention with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) led to significant reductions in reported syncopal episodes and consultations at our unit. All subjects post-intervention were able to return to work or schooling.

CBT is an effective treatment in those with difficult to manage VVS. Randomized controlled trials are needed.

Keywords: Cognitive behavioural therapy; Vasovagal/neurocardiogenic syncope

Journal Article.  1288 words. 

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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