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Fainting is also called “syncope” by medical professionals. It is a brief loss of consciousness with a return to one’s normal self without medical intervention. It is different from passing out from a head injury (concussion) or intoxication (passing out from too much alcohol or drugs).

Fainting is common. If you have fainted, you are not alone. 1 in 4 people will faint during their lifetime and half of these people will have more than 1 episode. It is a dramatic and scary symptom. People who faint often appear like they are dead but they wake up. As a result, many people end up in the emergency departments, often by ambulance.

Occasionally the reasons for fainting can be serious especially when they are related to the heart. Thankfully bad outcomes rarely occur and usually people at risk can be predicted.

What Can iFaint do For Me?

By participating in this study, we can use the information you provide through surveys and wearable devices to determine your risk profile. Our app will provide a personal dashboard outlining your risks that you can share with your doctors and make decisions regarding further tests and even hospitalization.

How Can My Participation Help Others?

Risk factors for serious outcomes are fairly well determined in patients who faint but were done on only a few thousand patients. The importance of each individual risk factor is unclear. In this study, with participation of people like you we hope to enroll tens of thousands of people to refine these risk factors to be more precise. We also hope to use information from wearables, particularly heart rate monitoring to see if it can contribute to an individual’s risk profile.

What about Risks to My Privacy and Confidentiality?

The iFaint research app has been approved by the Stanford University IRB and gone through a digital risk assessment by the university’s privacy office to ensure your data will be handled in the most secure and private way.

If you are interested in learning more or participating, you can download for iPhone or android app. 

Learn More

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Have you used the app?

For those who have used the app, we want your feedback to continually improve our app.

Questions about the study? Contact us at ifaint_app@stanford.edu