vasovagal attack


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attack

 [ah-tak´]
an episode or onset of illness.
anxiety attack panic attack.
heart attack
1. popular term for myocardial infarction.
2. any of various types of acute episodes of ischemic heart disease.
panic attack an episode of acute intense anxiety, with symptoms such as pounding or racing heart, sweating, trembling or shaking, feelings of choking or smothering, chest pain, nausea, dizziness, feelings of unreality, and chills or hot flashes. It is the essential feature of panic disorder and other anxiety disorders as well as other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders.
transient ischemic attack see transient ischemic attack.
vagal attack (vasovagal attack) see vasovagal attack.

vasovagal

 [vas″o-va´gal]
vascular and vagal.
vasovagal attack a transient vascular and neurogenic reaction marked by pallor, nausea, sweating, bradycardia, and rapid fall in arterial blood pressure, which, when below a critical level, results in loss of consciousness and characteristic electroencephalographic changes. It is most often evoked by emotional stress associated with fear or pain. Called also vagal attack and vasovagal syncope.

Gow·ers syn·drome

(gow'ĕrz),
syndrome consisting of palpitation, chest pain, respiratory difficulties, and disturbances in gastric motility; once attributed to vagal stimulation, now considered psychogenic (anxiety neurosis).

Gowers,

Sir William Richard, English neurologist, 1845-1915.
Gowers column - a bundle of fibers that conveys proprioceptive and exteroceptive information largely from the opposite lower extremity. Synonym(s): anterior spinocerebellar tract; Gowers tract
Gowers contraction - contraction of the calf muscles when the anterior surface of the leg is struck. Synonym(s): front-tap contraction
Gowers disease - a distal type of progressive muscular dystrophy. Synonym(s): saltatory spasm
Gowers solution - solution used to count red blood cells.
Gowers syndrome - syndrome consisting of palpitation, chest pain, respiratory difficulties, and disturbances in gastric motility, now considered psychogenic. Synonym(s): vagal attack; vasovagal attack
Gowers tract - Synonym(s): Gowers column

vasovagal attack

faint, i.e. transient unconsciousness due to sudden drop in blood pressure, in response to fear/fright (see syncope)