STARS – Syncope Trust & Reflex Anoxic Seizures

P.O. Box 175

44 (0)1789 867 503

About STARS – Syncope Trust & Reflex Anoxic Seizures

The STARS – Syncope Trust & Reflex Anoxic Seizures is an information and support group that exists to bring about public and professional awareness of reflex anoxic seizures (RAS). These are seizures that can occur at any age, but are most common in young children and tend to be clustered in “batches” of attacks. In an RAS episode, an unexpected stimulus, such as pain, shock, or fright, causes the heart to stop, the eyes to roll up into the head, the complexion to become deathly white, and the body to stiffen. After several seconds, the body relaxes and the heart starts beating, but the sufferer loses consciousness and may remain unconscious for an hour or longer. Established in 1993, this organization provides educational materials for patients and health professionals, gathers information to aid research into RAS, and provides support groups and other services for families. It offers information on all types of syncopes including reflex anoxic seizures, for adults and children.