Short- and Long-Term Prognosis of Syncope, Risk Factors, and Role of Hospital Admission. Results From the STePS (Short-Term Prognosis of Syncope) Study

Giorgio Costantino, Francesca Perego, Franca Dipaola, Marta Borella, Andrea Galli, Giulia Cantoni, Simonetta Dell'Orto, Simonetta Dassi, Nicola Filardo, Pier Giorgio Duca, Nicola Montano, Raffaello Furlan

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Objective: We sought to assess short- and long-term prognosis of syncope and associated risk factors. Background: Syncope is a common clinical event, but our knowledge of its short-term outcome is largely incomplete. Further, it is unknown whether hospital admission might positively affect a patient's syncope prognosis. Methods: We screened 2,775 consecutive subjects who presented for syncope at 4 emergency departments between January and July 2004. Short- and long-term severe outcomes (i.e., death and major therapeutic procedures) and related risk factors were compared in all enrolled patients arrayed according to hospital admission or discharge. Results: A total of 676 subjects were included in the study. Forty-one subjects (6.1%) experienced severe outcomes (5 deaths, 0.7%; 36 major therapeutic procedures, 5.4%) in the 10 days after presentation. An abnormal electrocardiogram, concomitant trauma, absence of symptoms of impending syncope, and male gender were associated with short-term unfavorable outcomes. Long-term severe outcomes were 9.3% (40 deaths, 6.0%; 22 major therapeutic procedures, 3.3%), and their occurrence was correlated with an age >65 years, history of neoplasms, cerebrovascular diseases, structural heart diseases, and ventricular arrhythmias. Short-term major therapeutic procedures were more common (p <0.05) in subjects who had been admitted to hospital (13.3%) than in discharged (1.6%), whereas mortality was similar. One-year mortality was greater (p <0.05) in admitted (14.7%) than in discharged (1.8%) patients. Conclusions: Risk factors for short- and long-term adverse outcomes after syncope differed. Hospital admission favorably influenced syncope short term prognosis. Instead, 1-year mortality was unaffected by hospital admission and related to comorbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-283
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 22 2008

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  • Nursing(all)


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