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Adam Fitzpatrick, Sanjiv Petkar, Paul Cooper Version 4 Last Update 16/11/2010
Developed by : Manchester Heart Centre 2010

Form Version 4 Date 16/11/2010 2019:03:21 09:24:21
Demographics Contact Information
First Name
NHS Number
Hospital Number
Sex Male Female
Clinic Seen  
Clinic Type
Date Referred to RABTC
Date Seen in RABTC
Assessment by
Clinic Consultant
Include Patient in Study Y N
Learning Disability
if Yes - Condition :
if other please state :
If Yes - Diagnosis of epilepsy:
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Address Line 3
Address Line 4
Tel (Home)
Tel (Work)
Tel (Mobile)
Email Address
GP Name
GP Address
Fax No
Mob No
GP Email

Resource Utilisation
Source of Referral
consultant name
if referred by cardiologist/neurologist which hospital
Previous consultations for blackout  
At GP Surgery Y N No. of times
At NHS Walk-in Centre Y N No. of times
At A&E Y N No. of times
With Physicians Y N No. of times
With Neurologists Y N No. of times
With Cardiologists Y N No. of times
With Others Y N No. of times
Previous Admissions  
Total Number
Date of Last admission (year)
Number of days admitted
Number of days since referral
Where Admitted (list hospitals)
most recent admission first
Select from list or type
(put comma between each item on list)
Preliminary Questions
Presenting Complaint
Is there collapse during the episode ? Y N ?
Is there total loss of consciousness ? Y N ?
When did the blackouts start ? Years months
Last episode ? ago
How often do the blackouts occur ?
Duration of attacks?
Are all the attacks similar ? Y N ?
If N in what way are the attacks different ?
Other Comments
Circumstances Prior to the attack
What is the usual position of the patient prior to the attack ?
Lying Y N ?
Sitting Y N ?
Standing (short time) Y N ?
Standing (immediately) Y N ?
Standing (prolonged) Y N ?
What was the patient doing at the time of the blackout?
Resting Y N ?
Walking Y N ?
Had just changed posture Y N ?
Occurred during exercise Y N ?
Occurred after exercise Y N ?
Associated with defecation Y N ?
Associated with urination Y N ?
Coughing Y N ?
During Swallowing Y N ?
Pre-disposing factors for the blackout
Crowded Place Y N ?
Warm Place Y N ?
Prolonged Standing Y N ?
Postprandial period (after heavy meal) Y N ?
Fear Y N ?
Intense Pain Y N ?
Strong Emotion Y N ?
Headache/Migraine Y N ?
Lying Y N ?

Other Factors  
Adequate fluid intake Y N ?
Do you add salt when you cook food? Y N ?
Do you add salt to your meal? Y N ?
Do you avoid salt ? Y N ?
Blackout ever occurred when lying down? Y N ?
Flashing lights nearby ? Y N ?
Blackout ever occurred asleep ? Y N ?
Do blackouts usually occur after a night out (late + alcohol) ? Y N ?

Other Comments

Patient started on any new drugs coincidentally ? Y N ?
  • Name
  • Dose
Onset of Attack
Does the patient get a warning that a blackout is going to occur ?
No Warning Y N ?
Prolonged Warning Y N ?
Brief Warning Y N ?
Symptoms just before the blackout
Nausea Y N ?
Vomiting Y N ?
Dizziness Y N ?
Abdominal discomfort Y N ?
Feeling Cold Y N ?
Sweating Y N ?
Aura Y N ?
Blurred Vision/Visual Disturbance Y N ?
Chest Pain Y N ?
Palpitations Y N ?
Other Comments
Description of Attack
Description provided by
Tone of the body
loss of tone (the body went floppy) Y N ?
Increased tone (the body went stiff) Y N ?
Skin Colour
pallor (the face went very pale) Y N ?
Cyanosis (face and lips went blue) Y N ?
Flushing Y N ?
Loss of consciousness
the patient was completely out Y N ?
Breathing Pattern
Normal (or nothing noted) Y N ?
Heavy breathing Y N ?
Difficulty breathing Y N ?
Abnormal Movements
Tonic (the patient went stiff in arms and legs) Y N ?
Clonic (there were regular abnormal movements) Y N ?
tonic - clonic (both as above - stiff first) Y N ?
Are movements symmetrical (as opposed to asymmetrical) Y N ?
Myoclonus ( irregular twitching of arms, legs and face) Y N ?
Automatism (semi-purposeful but inappropriate) Y N ?
Onset of abnormal movement in relation to fall
Before the fall Y N ?
After the fall Y N ?
Tongue Biting
lateral Y N ?
tip of tongue Y N ?
Urinary incontinence
sometimes Y N ?
always Y N ?
Faecal Incontinence
sometimes Y N ?
always Y N ?
Description comments :
Video Clips
Video clips shown to patient ? - Y N

if N why?
Clip Name
Patient/Witness Recognises Symptom from DVD/Clip
Convulsive Syncope Convulsive Syncope
Yes No ?
Syncope Syncopal Med Student
Yes No ?
Generalised Seizures Tonic Atonic Alex
Yes No ?
Primary & Secondary gereralisation - tonic clonic seizures Harry
Yes No ?
Yes No ?
Partial seizures complex Terry
Yes No ?
Yes No ?
Yes No ?
Yes No ?
Generalised seizures - absences Jack
Yes No ?
Calum 1 - atypical absences
Yes No ?
Calum 2 - atypical absences
Yes No ?
Partial seizures simple Graham
Yes No ?

Event after an attack
How does the patient feel after a black out ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Recovery of awareness was
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Other Comments
Patient History Blackouts ? Y N ?
  Morning jerks/jolts (myoclonus)? Y N ?
Brain injury or other antecedent cerebral insult (ACI) :
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Other Conditions :
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Y N ?
Rheumatic Fever
Y N ?
Y N ?
Known Valve Disease Y N ?
Previous MI Y N ?
Amount consumed units per week
Other alcohol comments
Smoking Smoker
  Quantity per day
Caffeine intake eg number of cups coffee per day
Pregnancy exacerbates blackouts
Y N ?
Breathless if lying flat Y N ?
NYHA Class
Exercise tolerance
Regular exercise taken - eg walking
Family History of blackouts Y N ? of structural/congenital heart disease Y N ?
  of premature unexpected sudden cardiac death (age<40 yrs) Y N ? of febrile convulsions Y N ?
  of QT prolongation Y N ? of epilepsy Y N ?
Driving Advice has driving advice been given to the patient? Y N ? Driving advice given
(at a glance guide) does the patient need to inform the DVLA? Y N ?

Other Risk/History comments

Recreational Drug Use Y N ?
Recreational Drug Comment
Is patient on any medication? Y N ?
Antihypertensive Y N ?
Antiarrhythmic Y N ?
Antianginal Y N ?
Diuretics Y N ?
Antidepressants Y N ?
QT prolonging drugs Y N ?
Please List Other Medication Below :
Drug/Total Dose/Freq
Medication Comment
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12 Lead ECG
History SCD<40
Structural Heart Disease
Exercise T-LOC
Unexpl. SOB
Brain Injury
New Neurological Deficit

Abnormal blood results
Respiratory System
Blood Pressure
1 min
3 min
Heart sounds
Signs of heart failure Pulse bpm
  Jugular Venous Pulse
Investigations : None (if ticked all options below will be set to 'Not Done')
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Carotid Sinus Massage
Neurology Opinion
CT Scan

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T-LOC Diagnosis : Yes No

Selected Diagnosis

Management Plan
Investigations Requested Treatment Offered
Loop Recorder Implantation
24hr Tape
Tilt Test
EP Study
CT Scan


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Reassurance only Y N
Drug Therapy (Withdrawal) Y N
  (Addition) Y N
Permanent Pacemaker Y N
Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator Y N
B. Ventricular PPM/Defibrillator Y N
Loop Recorder Y N
Other - please specify
Referral other specialist - Yes No
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