Stokes-Adams syndrome is an abrupt, transient loss of consciousness due to a sudden but pronounced decrease in the cardiac output, which is caused by a paroxysmal shift in the mechanism of the heart beat.
- 1761 – Giovanni Battista Morgagni described epileptic fits in a patient (a merchant of Padua) with a heart rate of 22
- 1792 – Thomas Spens described similar in a 54 year old woman
- 1827 – Robert Adams wrote a 100 page monograph which included descriptions of significant pathological findings from patients with seizures and bradycardia, observed when partial atrioventricular block is approaching completeness and less frequently in established complete heart block.
- 1846 – William Stokes published his ‘Observations of some cases of permanently slow pulse’
- Stokes-Adams attack
- Adams-Stokes syndrome
- Adams R. Cases of diseases of the heart accompanied with pathological observations. Dublin Hospital Reports. 1827; 4: 353–453.
- Stokes W. Observations of some cases of permanently slow pulse. Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science. 1846;2(1):73–85.
- Harbison J, Newton JL, Seifer C, Kenny RA. Stokes Adams attacks and cardiovascular syncope. Lancet. 2002 Jan 12;359(9301):158-60. [PMID 11809277]
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