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Health Tip: If Someone Faints

(HealthDay News) -- Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness, typically caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain. If you see someone faint, the U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends that you:

  • Check to be sure the person is still breathing, is not injured or bleeding, and has regained consciousness quickly. If not, call 911 immediately.
  • Loosen clothing around the person's neck.
  • Have the person lie down in a cool, quiet place for at least 10 to 15 minutes after regaining consciousness, or if he can't lie down, have him sit with his head below the shoulders, between his knees.
  • Prop up the person's feet about a foot above the level of the heart.
  • If the person has vomited, turn him on his side to prevent choking.

-- Diana Kohnle

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