About

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The Faint & Fall Clinic was established as a one-stop resource for patients who want to pinpoint a cause for their faint or fall as soon as possible. The only clinic of its kind, it brings together a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who specialize in faints and falls to quickly diagnose the cause of your problem.

If you’ve had an episode of unexplained fainting or falling, you might be concerned that it could happen again at any moment. There are many possible reasons for fainting and falling, including cardiac conditions, neurological causes, metabolic disorders, and even stress. With so many potential causes, the majority of people who faint or fall end up seeing multiple doctors over an extended period of time before a diagnosis can be made. Unfortunately, even with the current evaluation process, a high percentage of faints and falls still go unexplained because it can be difficult to address all the possible causes.

Have You Experienced a Faint or Fall?

Fainting is a brief loss of consciousness, usually leading to a fall. Sometimes referred to as a dizzy spell, blacking out, or passing out, fainting is a common problem that may cause anxiety, injury, or the need for medical treatment. Fainting is also the sixth leading cause of hospitalization for people older than 65 years. Falls are common, too, especially among older adults. Sometimes a fall is actually a faint in disguise because you don’t even remember losing consciousness, particularly in the absence of witnesses.

Both faints and falls can cause significant injury, disability, or worse. Fainting causes approximately 10 percent of falls in older adults. People who have a history of falling are likely to fall again in the next year, and falls account for two-thirds of deaths from unintentional injuries. So, if you’ve experienced a faint or fall, it’s important for you to seek medical attention.

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What To Expect From Your Visit

Seeing multiple physicians over an extended period of time can cause anxiety, unnecessary tests, and risks of injury or hospitalization while you wait for proper treatment. At the Faint & Fall Clinic, you can see the right doctor and get all of the right tests in one place. If you request an appointment online, you will be contacted within 24–48 hours in order to schedule an appointment with a doctor who is an expert in evaluating faints and falls. You can also schedule the appointment via phone. The specialists you need to see will come to you at the clinic, rather than you visiting multiple locations. These specialists include cardiologists, geriatricians, and neurologists, who will all be available to provide you with the comprehensive evaluation you deserve.

The faint and fall specialists use recommended guidelines to order only the most appropriate tests for you, resulting in fewer unnecessary procedures, a much shorter time to diagnosis, and increased peace of mind. In addition, all the tests you need will be performed within 24 hours, reducing delays in diagnosis and the number of future doctors’ visits.

Our comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of faint and fall helps to reduce your risk of a faint- or fall-related injury and prevent expensive inpatient hospital stays.

 

FAQs

1. How long will I need to wait for an appointment at the Faint & Fall Clinic?
You will be seen within 24–48 hours of a referral to the clinic.

2. Why is it important to be seen by a specialist for an episode of fainting or falling?
There are many possible reasons for both fainting and falling. At our clinic, you will be seen by a faint and fall specialist who will ensure that all the possible causes of your faint or fall are addressed in as little time as possible. The specialists you need to see will come to you, and you will only undergo the most appropriate tests or procedures needed to diagnose or treat the cause of your faint or fall.

3. Does my health plan, Medicare or Medicaid cover care at the clinic?
Most health plans cover the care we provide. However, we recommend you check with your health plan administrator for details of your coverage.

Providers

Natalie A. Sanders, DO, FACP

Dr. Sanders is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Utah. Dr. Sanders educates Internal Medicine residents and medical students and performs clinical research.  Dr. Sanders completed her undergraduate medical education at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, CA. She subsequently gradua... Read More

Specialties:

Faint, Fall, & Frailty, Geriatrics

Locations:

University Hospital
Faint & Fall Clinic
801-213-2033

Shane Beeton, APRN

Shane Beeton, APRN, is a board certified family nurse practitioner in the department of Cardiology practicing in the Faint and Fall Clinic. His interests are helping people manage dizziness, fainting, falling, and frailty and treating and educating them to help prevent long term problems and provide the safest possible lifestyle. Shane received hi... Read More

Specialties:

Cardiology, Faint, Fall, & Frailty, Nurse Practitioner

Locations:

University Hospital
Interventional Cardiology
University Hospital 801-585-7676

Locations

University Campus
University of Utah Hospital
50 N Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Map
801-581-2121