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Dizziness includes the feeling of the room spinning, loss of balance, or light headedness, often associated with nausea. Feeling dizzy is uncomfortable, and the sensations can vary from person to person. Some people describe feeling light-headed or unsteady. Other people feel a sense that the room is spinning or moving, a sensation also called vertigo. Some people may lose their balance or feel nauseated. Dizziness can even make you feel weak and tired or make it difficult to concentrate.

What to Do

Common Causes

Dizziness can be caused by medication or by a wide variety of conditions, including inner ear problems and migraines. However, dizziness can also be a sign that the heart is not pumping enough blood because of blocked arteries, heart rhythm problems, or heart disease. If you are experiencing repeated or extended dizziness, call your doctor for evaluation.

  • Heart Failure

    Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

  • High Blood Pressure

    In high blood pressure, the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries is too high. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the body in many ways.

  • Irregular Heartbeat (Arrhythmias)

    An irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

  • Stroke

    A stroke, also called a brain attack, happens when the blood supply to the brain is suddenly interrupted. If you have any of these symptoms, take immediate action:

    Call 911 and check the time. When did the first symptom start? You'll be asked this important question later.

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