feeling of passing out in shower


Have you or anyone close to you experienced fainting in the bathroom?

Do you want to know what causes syncope and lethargy in the bathroom?

Are you worried about fainting from your parents or grandparents in the bathroom, and are you looking for reasons?

Join us to answer your questions. In the following, we will talk more about Feeling of passing out in shower.


You should know that fainting or a temporary loss of consciousness in the bathroom is common in some people.

  • Elderly
  • Patients with underlying problems and general health disorders
  • pregnant women
  • Of course, there may be healthy people who mention the experience of syncope in the bathroom
  • Getting sick and falling in the bathroom can have side effects, such as:
  • Skull fractures
  • Head and face injuries
  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Pelvic and bone fractures

Therefore, it is recommended to take any numbness in the bathroom or syncope in the bathroom seriously.


Why do people faint in the bathroom?

What is the most common cause of syncope in all people?

Why does a person get syncope?

Who is more likely to have syncope in the bathroom?

What are the complications of syncope?

Syncope with cardiac cause

What are the warning signs and symptoms when syncope occurs with cardiac causes?

Syncope for non-cardiac causes




Why do people faint in the bathroom?

Syncope or fainting is generally referred to as a condition in which blood flow to the brain is temporarily reduced.

People of any age can have syncope. Doctors consider fainting to be a common problem in almost all age groups. It is said that forty out of every 100 people syncope at least once in their lifetime. Syncope is different from cardiac arrest and should not be used interchangeably with syncope and cardiac arrest. Sometimes the cause of syncope may not be so important, but sometimes syncope may be a manifestation of a very serious disorder.


What is the most common cause of syncope in all people?

Vascular problems are the most common cause of syncope (vasovagal shocks).


Why does a person get syncope?

  • Excitement from hearing bad or good news
  • Seeing unpleasant scenes (emotional visual shocks)
  • Facing severe pain
  • Syncope looking for very long stands
  • Sudden drops in blood pressure
  • Excessive heat
  • Dehydrated
  • Anemia
  • Lack of fresh air and oxygen
  • Too much fear
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Taking psychotropic drugs
  • Follow the consumption of alcohol and drugs

If a person has syncope attacks, he or she may have one of the following disorders:

  • Some cardiovascular problems
  • Syncope due to carotid sinus stimulation
  • Strokes
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Bleeding and decreased intravascular volume
  • Dehydration following severe diarrhea or vomiting

One of the areas where people syncope is very common is the bathroom.


Why do some people experience Feeling of passing out in the shower?

Syncope in the bathroom:

It is better to get acquainted with syncope warning demonstrations first, because if you are unaware, syncope can be a serious threat to your life.

Early warning signs of syncope include:

  • Paleness
  • Sudden lightheadedness
  • Generalized weakness
  • Ear ringing or hearing ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomit
  • Tingling of the feet and hands
  • fast Pulse but weak
  • Superficial breathing
  • Hypotension and loss of balance and falling


In myocardial infarction, there will be no breathing or pulse, but syncope will not be accompanied by a cessation of pulse or respiration. Simple syncope last for one to two minutes and do not require medical treatment, but it is necessary to investigate the cause of syncope. There may be a serious underlying cause for which medical treatment is a vital underlying cause.


Who is more likely to have syncope in the bathroom?

Doctors say that the incidence of syncope and its complications occur in all age groups, but the incidence of syncope will increase significantly after the age of 70.

Between the ages of sixty and sixty-nine years, 7.5 per thousand people will experience syncope, and in the age range of seventy to seventy-nine years, 1.11 person per year will experience syncope.


What are the complications of syncope?

  • Serious damage to the skeletal system when falling on the bath floor
  • For example, pelvic and femoral neck fractures
  • Skull fractures
  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • And unfortunately, coma and death due to trauma

We said that this is how doctors define syncope

Temporary loss of consciousness, mostly accompanied by falls.

This unconsciousness lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes, after which the person will regain consciousness.

You will usually have the following warning signs before fainting in the bathroom:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • General weakness throughout your body


People will be completely healthy and asymptomatic after regaining consciousness after syncope. They may only complain of symptoms and pain from falling.

Decreased blood pressure and therefore insufficient blood supply and oxygen supply to the brain are considered to be the main cause of syncope. You may feel for a short time that you are unaware of those around you and then you do not understand anything and when you wake up you find yourself on the bathroom floor. Syncope will be repeated for most of the time, and your heart rate, pulse, and respiration will be maintained during the syncope attack, so we should not confuse syncope with cardiac arrest.

The underlying cause of syncope can be simple, such as hypoglycemia or excessive standing, or it may be a manifestation of very serious underlying causes.

There are several types of syncope that we will discuss below. Basically, syncope in medical science has three general categories that the basis of this three divisions will be the underlying cause that leads to syncope.


Syncope with cardiac cause

Existence of cardiac dysfunction that results in decreased blood flow from the heart and aortic valve, for example:

 In disorders and stenosis of the aortic valve

A problem with the heart pumping blood

Cardiac arrhythmias such as AF

Therefore, any disorder in the heart that causes a decrease in cardiac output, (the volume of blood flowing out of the heart), and as a result, oxygen supply to the brain is disrupted, can occur with syncope, for example, disorders of heart valve problems.

Thickening of the heart muscle, which prevents the heart from contracting and expanding normally.

Hypertension that prevents blood from entering the aorta

Cardiac arrhythmias or, in fact, the occurrence of an abnormal heartbeat

Heart attacks following myocardial ischemia


What are the warning signs and symptoms when syncope occurs with cardiac causes?

  • Blurred eyes
  • Nausea
  • Feeling suffocated
  • Dizziness, feeling hot
  • General weakness and heaviness in the legs
  • Paleness


If you or your loved ones have one or more of the following records and have syncope, take the condition seriously and see a doctor for a thorough examination:

  • History of coronary artery disease
  • Previous history of myocardial infarction
  • Heart failure
  • History of cardiac arrhythmias
  • Existence of irregular and abnormal heartbeat
  • A history of chest pain lasting about a few minutes to ten minutes
  • Having a family history of sudden death in close relatives due to cardiovascular causes


Syncope for non-cardiac causes

The good news is that most sinuses fall into this category:

Doctors say that when a large amount of blood accumulates in your legs Vasomotor reflex occurs. At this time, in fact, there is a decrease in blood flow and blood supply to the brain is not enough and syncope will occur.

There is no specific diagnostic test to completely distinguish this group from the syncope group with cardiac causes.

It is often necessary to rule out cardiac causes, and the following tests will be recommended:

  • Blood sugar measurement
  • Complete blood cell count
  • Measurement and evaluation of serum electrolytes
  • Check heart enzymes
  • You may also need to have paraclinical radiology procedures
  • Simple chest x-ray
  • CT scan of the brain to assess trauma
  • CT scan of the abdomen and chest is considered in cases where the doctor suspects pulmonary embolism or abdominal aorta and its disorders such as abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • MRl
  • MRA
  • Echocardiography or echocardiography

(In most cases, an ECG is also requested to assess cardiac activity or ECG.)

After evaluations of this phase, it may be necessary to perform more specialized tests to find the underlying cause of syncope.

Stress test that will be used in cases of suspected atherosclerotic problems of the coronary arteries.

Electroencephalography (EEG) is used to rule out seizures and is performed by a neurologist.

Orthostatic evaluation of hypotension

Carotid sinus massage

We emphasize that the last two cases should only be performed in a well-equipped clinic because carotid massage can be very dangerous and lead to death, so it can only be done in a hospital and only by an experienced neurologist.


  • If you feel lethargic in the bathroom
  • If you feel dying when you are bathing
  • If you have syncopated in the bathroom

It is important to see a doctor immediately for necessary checkups and procedures.


If you have a history of valvular heart problems, heart failure, and irregular heartbeat, you should consider the following to prevent re-syncope:

  • Control your blood sugar
  • Quit smoking
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Take your medication regularly and make appointments with your doctor.
  • Assess and monitor blood pressure
  • Be sure to check your syncope



When the underlying cause of syncope and their lethargy in the bath is determined during specialized examinations, the type of treatment will be selected and prescribed by the relevant physician according to the underlying cause. Possible treatment modalities include:

  • medicines
  • Installation of pacemakers
  • surgery


If there is a cardiac arrhythmia, appropriate antiarrhythmic drugs will be prescribed and pacemaker implantation will be required.

If there are valvular problems, it is very likely that heart valve reconstruction surgery will be necessary.

The patient is advised to avoid stress as much as possible

Do not stand for long

Sit on a stool while bathing

Do not open the hot water tap too much and if you take a hot bath, be sure to leave the door open

Do not go to the bathroom with hunger and fatigue

And take regular medication seriously and measure and record your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly.

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