Our Experts Say

What can you do to prevent passing out?

Do you feel like you are going to pass out? Or do you often pass out? You can do this to avoid passing out:

  • Cross your legs and tense leg and abs as you get light-headed. Your blood pressure increases due to muscle tension.
  • Sit down and put your head between your knees when you get light-headed, or lie down for a while.
  • Take breaks if you have to stand for a long time.
  • Eat and drink regularly.
  • Avoid getting physically exhausted.
  • Avoid overheating.
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Try to avoid stress as much as possible
  • Make sure you get enough (not too much!) Salt and sugar
  • Useful alcohol, caffeine and nicotine in moderation
  • Make sure you are in good shape.

When should you see a doctor?

If you pass out once every three months to six months, there is usually nothing serious about it. You usually do not have to call your doctor. Do you often (almost) pass out? Then it is wise to consult your doctor. Often or almost fainting is not healthy and can indicate an underlying condition. Also contact your doctor if you or someone in your area:

  • Get chest pain or palpitations just before passing out.
  • Faints in a supine position.
  • Faints with exertion, for example, during exercise.
  • Pass out several times in quick succession.
  • Shock when passing out.
  • Remains unconscious for longer than three minutes.
  • Pass out and you know there are heart problems in the family.