Cognitive behavioural therapy as a potential treatment for vasovagal/neurocardiogenic syncope--a pilot study

Europace. 2003 Jul;5(3):299-301. doi: 10.1016/s1099-5129(03)00030-8.


Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is an exaggerated tendency to the common faint that affects any age group. Conventional treatment is non-specific and involves strategies to increase blood pressure. Patients with VVS are often unable to work or complete education due to actual, or fear of, syncopal symptoms. Here we present a series of nine patients with VVS whose symptoms had proved resistant to conventional treatments where intervention with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) led to significant reductions in reported syncopal episodes and consultations at our unit. All subjects post-intervention were able to return to work or schooling. CBT is an effective treatment in those with difficult to manage VVS. Randomized controlled trials are needed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Syncope, Vasovagal / psychology
  • Syncope, Vasovagal / therapy*