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Lisa Nelson RD #16: If an individual experiences significant dizziness and/or lightheadedness, that requires grabbing an object to steady themselves, when moving from a squat position to standing followed by feelings of fatigue and weakness, should they consult their MD? What may be a possible problem?
Dr. Shelby-Lane: Vertigo is an ailment that involves a disturbed sense of balance in which the affected individual feels their surroundings are in a state of constant movement, especially through a spinning sensation.
Several causes for syncope include inner ear disturbances, cardiovascular problems, drugs and medication side effects, neurologic disorders, endocrine, infectious diseases, neurocardiogenic syncope, herbs, etc. All of these conditions require further evaluation and re-evaluation or tests such as an MRI, EEG, carotid ultrasound , EKG, Echocardiogram , a TILT test, hormone and blood tests, as indicated after a thorough exam and evaluation. You ma...
Light-headedness - dizzy; Loss of balance; Vertigo
If you tend to get light-headed when you stand up:
Avoid sudden changes in posture.
Get up from a lying position slowly, and stay seated for a few moments before standing.
When standing, make sure you have something to hold on to.
If you have vertigo, the following tips can help prevent your symptoms from becoming worse:
Keep still and rest when symptoms occur.
Avoid sudden movements or position changes.
Slowly increase activity.
You may need a cane or other help walking when you have a loss of balance during a vertigo attack.
Avoid bright lights, TV, and reading during a vertigo attacks, because they may make symptoms worse.
Avoid activities such as driving, operating heavy machinery, and climbing until 1 week after your symptoms disappear. A sudden dizzy spell during these activities can be dangerous.
Call your health care prov...
Alternative Names Bradycardia-tachycardia syndrome; Sinus node dysfunction Symptoms Usually, no symptoms occur. Symptoms that do occur are nonspecific and may mimic other disorders. Symptoms may include: Chest pain or angina Confusion or other changes in mental status Fainting or near-fainting Fatigue Dizziness or light-headedness Sensation of feeling the heart beat ( palpitations ) Shortness of breath Signs and tests The patient's heart rate may be very slow at any time. Blood pressure may be normal or low. Sick sinus syndrome may cause symptoms of heart failure to occur or worsen. Sick sinus syndrome is diagnosed when the symptoms occur only during episodes of arrhythmia. However, this often is difficult to prove. An ECG may show various abnormal heart rhythms related to this syndrome. Holter monitoring is an effective tool for diagnosing sick sinus syndrome because of the episodic nature of the disorder. Extremely slow heart rate and prolonged pauses may be seen during Holter monitoring, along with ...
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