Fainting can be a very scary experience. This is especially the case if you do not know what has caused the faint. If you have passed out a number of occasions without knowing why, you may need help with your fainting episodes. To find help with fainting Cambridge residents can look to consultant cardiologists such as David Begley. Referral to Dr Begley can help ascertain whether fainting episodes are link to heart problems.

Cardiac Conditions & Fainting

There are a number of heart-related conditions which may cause fainting. It isn’t always the case but when fainting episodes are frequent it is important to rule out all potential causes. Heart conditions may cause fainting and they include:

Vasovagal Syncope

Vasovagal syncope is a medical term for fainting. It is the most common reason for passing out and occurs due to the heart rate or blood pressure dropping suddenly. Usually there is no heart problem, but it is worth exploring and getting fully checked out.


Passing out due to a very rapid heartbeat, or arrhythmia, is rare, but it can be possible. This is usually something you will be aware of as it usually happens to people who already have heart conditions.


Bradycardia is the medical term for a slow pulse. A slow pulse can result in fainting but is usually easy to treat. Medication such as beta blockers can actually cause a slow pulse and related fainting too. However, other heart conditions can also be responsible, so we recommend further investigation.

Help with Heart-Related Fainting

If you have been referred to Dr Begley, then it is likely your GP believes your fainting episodes are heart-related. Dr Begley can help to assess the reasons for your fainting and tests may include echocardiogram, ECG, loop recorder procedures. Patients can discuss the options at their consultation with Dr Begley to ensure the right tests are carried out. Once testing is complete Dr Begley can discuss your treatment options if necessary.

If you would like to arrange to see Dr Begley then please get in touch with his secretary, Lynn Thomas on lynn@drbegleycardiology.co.uk to discuss appointment times.