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The ACCF/AHA scientific statement on syncope: A document in need of thoughtful revision

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sushma Saksena


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The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have recently published, in both the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and Circulation, a Scientific Statement on the Evaluation of Syncope ('Statement'). This Scientific Statement was commissioned to provide guidance for clinicians regarding the evaluation of patients who present with 'syncope'. The Statement was not intended to be a formal set of practice guidelines. However, in the absence of generally accepted practice guidelines in North America, the Statement's potential impact on clinical care may be more far-reaching than expected; it may erroneously be considered to be the authoritative 'de-facto' guideline document. This commentary, submitted by a multidisciplinary consortium of more than 60 physicians with expertise in the management of transient loss of consciousness (TLOC), points out that in many respects the ACCF/AHA Syncope Statement fails to address long-standing clinical errors associated with the evaluation of episodes of apparent TLOC, including syncope. If not appropriately revised, the current Statement may lead to both inadequate patient care as well as a potentially damaging legal environment for physicians undertaking evaluation of patients who present with transient loss of consciousness. © 2006 Steinkopff Verlag Darmstadt.

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Author(s): Benditt DG, Wieling W, Olshansky B, Abe H, Alboni P, Andresen D, Axelrod FB, Bennaroch E, Bergfeldt L, Blanc JJ, Brignole M, Camm AJ, Chelimsky T, Cortelli P, Van Dijk JG, Van Dijk N, Esler M, Fitzpatrick A, Fouad-Tarazi F, Freeman R, Goldstein M, Grubb B, Herweg B, Hilz MJ, Jacob G, Jardine D, Jordan J, Joyner MJ, Kapoor W, Kaufmann H, Kenny R-A, Krahn A, Lau C-P, Levine BD, Van Lieshout JJ, Lipsitz L, Low P, Lurie KG, Malik M, Mathias CJ, Moya A, Raj SR, Raviele A, Saksena S, Sarasin FP, Saul PJ, Schondorf R, Senard JM, Sheldon R, Shen W-K, Sra J, Stephenson J, Stewart JM, Sutton R, Tanaka H, Theodorakis G, Thijs RD, Ungar A, Wilde AAM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Autonomic Research

Year: 2006

Volume: 16

Issue: 6

Pages: 363-368

ISSN (print): 0959-9851

ISSN (electronic): 1619-1560


DOI: 10.1007/s10286-006-0370-3

PubMed id: 17013753