DALLAS, Sept. 3 – A combination of leg crossing and muscle tensing may help prevent fainting, providing a simple solution for people prone to fainting during emotional stress or prolonged standing, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. This is the first study of its kind to document the effectiveness of a simple maneuver to prevent or delay loss of consciousness. The counter-maneuver could prove a simple, inexpensive alternative to medication or pacemaker implantation, says study senior author Wouter Wieling, M.D., Ph.D. associate professor of internal medicine and head of the syncope unit at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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