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We often receive questions here at AnxietyConnection.com about whether dizziness can be a sign or symptom of anxiety. Some of our members have written about chronic dizziness that has interfered with their ability to live their life. One member wrote , "Could not go into stores without getting woozy....I literally stayed home for 2 months!" When you go to the doctor because you are feeling dizzy, an inner ear infection is one of the first things a doctor will look at. When tests for that come back negative, you might be sent for an MRI, EEG, echocardiogram or have a blood sugar test done for anemia, low blood sugar or thyroid levels. Our members have described litanies of medical tests and when they come back negative, doctors may not know what is causing the dizziness.
A study completed in 2007 showed that chronic dizziness with no physical causes can be caused by anxiety. In the study, 2,400 patients complaining of dizziness, vertigo or imbalance problems were exa...
Definition An exercise stress test is a screening tool to test the effect of exercise on your heart. See also: Stress echocardiography Thallium stress test Alternative Names Exercise ECG; ECG - exercise treadmill; EKG - exercise treadmill; Stress ECG; Exercise electrocardiography; Stress test - exercise treadmill How the test is performed You will walk on a treadmill or pedal on an exercise bicycle while the electrical activity of your heart is measured with an electrocardiogram ( ECG ), and blood pressure readings are taken. This will measure your heart's reaction to your body's increased need for oxygen. The test continues until: You reach a target heart rate You develop complications such as chest pain or an exaggerated rise or drop in blood pressure ECG changes show that your heart muscle is not getting enough oxygen You will continue to be monitored for 10 - 15 minutes after exercising, or until your heart rate returns to baseline. How to prepare for the test You must not eat, smoke, or drink be...
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...
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