NICE transient loss of consciousness guideline


This concise and useful summary covers the assessment and referral of people who have had a transient loss of consciousness (‘blackout’)

The diagnosis of the underlying cause of the transient loss of consciousness (TLoC) is often inaccurate or delayed, resulting in a huge variation in its management. It is estimated that it affects up to half of the UK population at some point in their lives. 

This Guidelines summary covers:

  • Initial assessment
  • Further assessment and referral
  • Specialist cardiovascular assessment and diagnosis
  • If the cause of TLoC remains uncertain
  • Information for people with TLoC.

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