Seniors who suffer from fainting may have a blood clot in the lungs. Italian researchers looked at 560 patients who were hospitalized for fainting. The researchers found that one in six patients had pulmonary embolism – blood clot in the lung artery.
Although the findings do not suggest that every fainting patient has a blood clot in the lung but it does bring a greater awareness to doctors if another cause is not found to be responsible for the fainting spell.
Other causes of fainting among seniors are a seizure, a drop in blood pressure, or heart rhythm disturbances.
Although it would take a very severe blood clot in the lung to cause fainting it is still a serious condition which requires review when dealing with seniors who enter the ER after a fainting spell.