Published by administrator on Thu, 03/29/2012 - 13:19

A faint is a brief collapse involving loss of consciousness. It is caused by a reduction in the blood flow to the brain. Fainting can be a reaction to shock, pain or lack of food. Most commonly, however, it occurs when someone is inactive for a prolonged period, such as through standing still, and a significant amount of blood pools in the legs, thus reducing the flow to the brain. 

A faint is a minor event, but on occasions, the casualty may injure him/herself when falling.