University of Utah Health Care Opens One-of-a-Kind Faint and Fall Clinic

University of Utah Health Care Opens One-of-a-Kind Faint and Fall Clinic

Nov 30, 2010 3:34 PM

SALT LAKE CITY—On December 1, University of Utah Health Care will open the doors to the state’s first clinic dedicated to the needs of thousands of Utahns who suffer from fainting and falling issues.

“Faints and falls can cause significant injury, disability, or worse,” says Mohamed H. Hamdan, M.D., the director of the Faint and Fall Clinic. “There are many possible reasons for fainting and falling from benign to serious, including cardiac conditions, neurological causes, metabolic disorders, and even stress. For this reason, patients often end up seeing multiple providers over an extended period of time before a diagnosis can be made. Often, a diagnosis is never made.”

That’s why the Faint and Fall Clinic was created. At the facility, patients will be seen within 24-48 hours and have access to a team of specialists, all with expertise in faint and fall. The clinic streamlines the process for patients, eliminating visits to multiple offices and locations, cutting down appointment times, cutting out duplicate testing, and reducing the anxiety associated with waiting for a diagnosis.

Here are a few facts about fainting and falling:

  • Fainting accounts for up to three percent of all emergency department visits and six percent of hospital admissions.
  • Patients with fainting spells typically see three physicians over a period of several months and yet, a final diagnosis is made in only 50-70 percent of the cases.
  • One third of people 65 and older experience at least one fall; the incidence increases to 42 percent in those older than 75 years of age.
  • Adults with a history of falling have a two-thirds chance of falling again within the next year.
  • Faints and falls have a significant impact on health care. For the overall population of the state of Utah, the total yearly payments were estimated to be more than $90 million for faint and more than $350 million for fall.

“We are thrilled to bring this service to the people of Utah,” says Hamdan. “There are several risk factors for fainting and falling and unless they are all addressed, the recurrence rate is high. Now, patients have one facility to visit. They’re seen promptly and the specialists come to them, instead of the other way around. This saves time, money, and a lot of worry among patients.”The Faint and Fall Clinic is now scheduling appointments. For more information, call 801-213-2033. You may also visit www.healthcare.utah.edu/cardiovascular/faint for more details. 

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