Syncope in the elderly: An update

Gilda Pirozzi, Gaetana Ferro, Assunta Langellotto, David Della-Morte, Gianlugi Galizia, Gaetano Gargiulo, Francesco Cacciatore, Andrea Ungar, Pasquale Abete

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Syncope in the elderly is an extremely prevalent clinical condition characterized by high mortality and presence of recurrences. The diagnosis of syncope in the elderly is sometimes difficult and multidimensional geriatric assessment should be carefully administered. Diagnostic algorithms should be applied with attention, although unknown syncope is still frequent. The therapeutic approach to syncope in the elderly is complicated by the high prevalence of neurally-mediated syncope, in which the therapeutic approach is still unknown. The establishment of a "Syncope Unit" has certainly improved the diagnostic-therapeutic approach to patients with syncope, especially in old age where the management is extremely difficult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


  • Elderly
  • Falls
  • Geriatric assessment
  • Syncope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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