Should I be concerned about my fainting spell?

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Q. I had a fainting spell the other day. Should I be concerned? What should I do?

A. Fainting, which your doctor may refer to using the medical term syncope, is not uncommon. Experts say as many as one in three adults experiences at least one fainting spell over time. In most cases, it's not related to a serious medical condition, but if you faint, you should always get an evaluation by a doctor to rule out more serious causes, including heart-related problems.

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