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Etiology & Pathophysiology of Syncope: Current Thoughts

This activity was planned with a goal to help clinicians understand and demonstrate an appropriate path to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment leading to improved outcomes for the syncopal patient. This activity is part of the Assessment and Diagnosis of Syncope grant project.


Accreditation Statement 

In accordance with ACCME policy, prior to participating in this activity, you must review the information on this page. 

Joint Accreditation 
In support of improving patient care, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

Credit Statement 

The ACCF designates this online enduring material for a maximum of up to 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Information 

Successful completion of this certified activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.50 Medical Knowledge MOC point in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. 
Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.50 continuing nursing education contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Target Audience: 

This course is intended for general cardiologists. It's also relevant for cardiac electrophysiologists, cardiac care team members, internal medicine physicians, and emergency department clinicians

Important Dates: 
Date of Release: March 7, 2022 
Term of Approval/Date of Expiration: March 7, 2023 
Learner Objectives:  
Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:  

  1. Identify contemporary concepts in etiology and pathophysiology for syncope.
  2. Apply guideline recommendations for the risk stratification and initial evaluation of patients presenting with syncope.


Educational grant support provided by: Medtronic.
To request credit, you must: 

  • Read all text and view all tables and/or figures in the case for which you wish to receive credit.
  • Answer the questions in each case for which you wish to claim credit. After you have answered all the questions, click on the Exam Summary button. A Claim Credit button will appear on this page if you have achieved a passing score of 70% or better. If you did not achieve a passing score, please click the Reset Scores link and retake the exam.
  • Click the Claim Credit button and answer the evaluation questions in the pop-up window.
  • Enter the total amount of time you actually spent in the activity in the box provided. Please note that you may only claim once for each module in this activity. Click Submit.
  • You will receive a message that your request has been submitted and a link to view your certificate. You may view and download the certificate when you receive the message, you may also view it at any time in the My Transcript section of My ACC. 


This certified activity may contain links to other educational resources such as clinical trial summaries, journal articles, guidelines, etc., that may not be certified. Please note that clicking on the links provided to view these resources will open new windows, which are outside of this certified activity. 



Satish R. Raj, MD, FACC 

Peer Reviewers: 

Win-Kuang Shen, MD, FACC
Robert S. Sheldon, MD, PhD 
Maria Cecilia A. Tagle-Cornell, NP, AACC 

Availability: Retired
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
No Credit Offered
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