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A Los Angeles meteorologist who collapsed lived on TV has revealed she's been diagnosed with a condition that's one of the most common causes of

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A Los Angeles meteorologist who collapsed lived on TV has revealed she’s been diagnosed with a condition that’s one of the most common causes of fainting.

Alissa Carlson Schwartz has been recovering after she suddenly collapsed during a morning newscast – just a few years after she threw up on air at another TV station.

Schwartz was about to start her weather forecast on KCAL News on Saturday morning when the color suddenly drained from her face, her eyes rolled to the back of her head and she fell with a jolt to the ground.

The former Miss California has now revealed she’s been diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a condition where a sudden drop in heart rate and blood pressure leads to fainting, often in reaction to a stressful trigger.

She revealed the diagnosis on Tuesday, a day after writing on social media that she is ‘going to be ok’ and said she was thankful it wasn’t her heart this time. Schwartz was referring to being diagnosed in 2014 with a leaky heart valve, which was discovered after she had thrown up in the middle of a TV broadcast.

Alissa Carlson Schwartz returned to screens after her collapse live on air over the weekend and said she's been diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a common cause of fainting

Alissa Carlson Schwartz returned to screens after her collapse live on air over the weekend and said she's been diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a common cause of fainting

Alissa Carlson Schwartz returned to screens after her collapse live on air over the weekend and said she’s been diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, a common cause of fainting

Alissa Carlson Schwartz underwent tests in hospital which confirmed she has a healthy heart - and doctors later confirmed her loss of consciousness was caused by vasovagal syncope

Alissa Carlson Schwartz underwent tests in hospital which confirmed she has a healthy heart - and doctors later confirmed her loss of consciousness was caused by vasovagal syncope

Alissa Carlson Schwartz underwent tests in hospital which confirmed she has a healthy heart – and doctors later confirmed her loss of consciousness was caused by vasovagal syncope

KCAL News meteorologist Alissa Carlson Schwartz collapsed on air Saturday just a few years after she threw up on air in 2018, which led to being diagnosed with a leaky heart valve in 2014. She's said the latest incident isn't linked to her heart

KCAL News meteorologist Alissa Carlson Schwartz collapsed on air Saturday just a few years after she threw up on air in 2018, which led to being diagnosed with a leaky heart valve in 2014. She's said the latest incident isn't linked to her heart

KCAL News meteorologist Alissa Carlson Schwartz collapsed on air Saturday just a few years after she threw up on air in 2018, which led to being diagnosed with a leaky heart valve in 2014. She’s said the latest incident isn’t linked to her heart

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She said: ‘In the past I have been diagnosed with a leaky heart valve, so initially when this happened I think a lot of people, including myself, thought I was having a heart attack on the air. 

‘That was not the case thankfully, and heart tests proved that I’m fine, my heart is great. 

‘There’s a thing called vasovagal syncope and that is the condition that I have. I do have history of fainting, it’s just when you’re on a public platform sometimes it happens, and people now see this. 

‘It hadn’t happened in a while and I’m now going to have to learn how to really recognize the symptoms of this condition.’ 

Just hours after collapsing on air Saturday morning, Carlson Schwartz posted an update on her Facebook page around 2.30pm, writing: ‘Thanks for all the texts, calls, and well wishes. I am going to be ok!’

On Sunday, she continued to update her viewers on her Instagram stories along with photos of well wishes, flowers and gifts, writing that she was out of the hospital and recovering. 

‘Thanks for all the kind wishes as I recover from a head injury. I am out of the hospital and doing ok. lots of sleep and even some pizza – TY’

Another post confirmed that this incident wasn’t about her heart. ‘Thankfully, it’s not my heart this time. I had over a hundred text messages, and they keep coming so if I don’t respond, that’s why.’

She has since posted on social media that she is 'going to be ok' and said she was thankful it wasn't her heart this time, referring to being diagnosed in 2014 with a leaky heart valve

She has since posted on social media that she is 'going to be ok' and said she was thankful it wasn't her heart this time, referring to being diagnosed in 2014 with a leaky heart valve

She has since posted on social media that she is ‘going to be ok’ and said she was thankful it wasn’t her heart this time, referring to being diagnosed in 2014 with a leaky heart valve

Carlson Schwartz update her viewers on her Instagram stories along with photos of well wishes, flowers and gifts, writing: 'Thanks for all the kind wishes as I recover from a head injury. I am out of the hospital and doing ok. lots of sleep and even some pizza - TY'

Carlson Schwartz update her viewers on her Instagram stories along with photos of well wishes, flowers and gifts, writing: 'Thanks for all the kind wishes as I recover from a head injury. I am out of the hospital and doing ok. lots of sleep and even some pizza - TY'

Carlson Schwartz update her viewers on her Instagram stories along with photos of well wishes, flowers and gifts, writing: ‘Thanks for all the kind wishes as I recover from a head injury. I am out of the hospital and doing ok. lots of sleep and even some pizza – TY’

Carlson Schwartz (pictured here in 2018) posted that she is 'going to be ok' and said she was thankful it wasn't her heart this time, referring to being diagnosed in 2014 with a leaky heart valve, which was discovered after she had thrown up in the middle of a broadcast

Carlson Schwartz (pictured here in 2018) posted that she is 'going to be ok' and said she was thankful it wasn't her heart this time, referring to being diagnosed in 2014 with a leaky heart valve, which was discovered after she had thrown up in the middle of a broadcast

 Carlson Schwartz (pictured here in 2018) posted that she is ‘going to be ok’ and said she was thankful it wasn’t her heart this time, referring to being diagnosed in 2014 with a leaky heart valve, which was discovered after she had thrown up in the middle of a broadcast

Schwartz said it’s important to get enough sleep and stay hydrated to prevent such episodes.

‘Sometimes we put ourselves last, we go go go, until something happens and then it’s too late,’ she said. 

Vasovagal Syncope can occur due to triggers like the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The condition causes both heart rate and blood pressure to fall suddenly, which reduces blood flow to the brain and causes loss of consciousness.

‘Vasovagal syncope is usually harmless and requires no treatment,’ the Mayo Clinic says.

‘But it’s possible that you may injure yourself during a vasovagal syncope episode. Your doctor may recommend tests to rule out more-serious causes of fainting, such as heart disorder.’ 

Other symptoms include pale skin, lightheadedness and nausea. The condition can also cause either a feeling of warmth or cold, clammy sweats, along with blurred vision or tunnel vision. 

During the broadcast on Saturday, Carlson Schwartz had tried to maintain a smile on her face but her eyes rolled to the back of her head and she slowly fell forward onto her arms until her head was inches from the desk. Her legs then gave out and she fell with a jolt to the ground.

Her co-anchors Nichelle Medina to Rachel Kim didn’t seem to notice that Schwartz had fainted at first, with Medina directly addressing the former Miss California, saying: ‘Alissa, this really is the calm before the storm.’

Seconds later, Kim let out a surprised ‘oh’ and can be seen squirming in her chair as she tries to see Schwartz across the room.

Her co-anchors Nichelle Medina to Rachel Kim (left) didn't seem to notice, but seconds later, Kim let out a surprised 'oh' and can be seen squirming in her chair as she tries to see Schwartz (right) across the room

Her co-anchors Nichelle Medina to Rachel Kim (left) didn't seem to notice, but seconds later, Kim let out a surprised 'oh' and can be seen squirming in her chair as she tries to see Schwartz (right) across the room

Her co-anchors Nichelle Medina to Rachel Kim (left) didn’t seem to notice, but seconds later, Kim let out a surprised ‘oh’ and can be seen squirming in her chair as she tries to see Schwartz (right) across the room

Carlson Schwartz was crowned Miss California in 2018 and served as the American Heart Association's 'Circle of Red' Chairman from 2017-2019

Carlson Schwartz was crowned Miss California in 2018 and served as the American Heart Association's 'Circle of Red' Chairman from 2017-2019

Carlson Schwartz was crowned Miss California in 2018 and served as the American Heart Association’s ‘Circle of Red’ Chairman from 2017-2019

‘You know, we’re going to go ahead and go to break, right now,’ Medina tells the audience.

KCAL News posted later that day that Carlson Schwartz was ‘recovering and back on social media.’

‘We’ve heard from many people as well worried about Alissa’s wellbeing. We also want to thank those of you who reached out for your thoughts and prayers.

Alissa will be back with our Next Weather team on KCAL News as soon as she’s well enough to return.’

Carlson Schwartz told her viewers via social media that she was thankful that it wasn’t her heart.  

After Carlson Schwartz threw up on air in 2014, she was diagnosed with a leaky heart valve and doctors told her they didn’t know when the valve would wear out. 

‘They told me that, eventually, the valve would probably have to be replaced. They didn’t know when it would wear out,’ Carlson Schwartz said in a 2018 interview with KGET Bakersfield, where she previously worked as a chief meteorologist.

Carlson Schwartz, who joined KCAL in 2021, and her husband Neil Schwartz, took on a healthier lifestyle and welcomed a baby girl into their lives – a baby who helped heal her heart. 

‘It comes back that the valve had actually started to repair itself. The stem cells from my baby had started to heal my heart,’ Carlson Schwartz said at the time. 

Carlson Schwartz was crowned Miss California in 2018 and served as the American Heart Association’s ‘Circle of Red’ Chairman from 2017-2019.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the US and can manifest with a variety of symptoms, including chest pain, stomach pain, sweating, leg and arm pain, and extreme fatigue, among others.

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