Basel Syncope Evaluation Study: BASEL IX Study

In order to improve diagnosis of cardiac related fainting this study will evaluate diagnostic value of patients’ history, clinical judgement and new blood tests (biomarkers) for cardiac syncope.

Grant ID: EMSS-402R21-2014

Lay Summary

Management of patients with syncope (loss of consciousness) is a serious problem concerning 1 - 2 per cent of Emergency Department presentations. Of these, it is known that between six and 20 per cent of patients will have a problem with their heart. The rapid and accurate identification of patients with cardiac related syncope is an important clinical need which until this time has not been met.

This observational study will evaluate the diagnostic value of patients’ history, clinical judgement and new blood tests (biomarkers) for cardiac syncope. The study will recruit 720 adult patients across multiple sites internationally. Eligibility will be aged based, for those 40 years and older, and presenting to the ED with syncope.
The grant was awarded to fund the Queensland portion that will recruit 60 adult patients of this larger international study that includes a two year follow up.


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