Dizziness : When to see a doctor?
- Move slowly. When you stand up from lying down, move slowly. Many people experience dizziness if they stand up too quickly.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Staying well hydrated can help prevent or relieve several types of dizziness.
- Avoid caffeine and tobacco. By restricting blood flow, these substances can make symptoms worse.
Schedule a doctor's appointment
Call your doctor if your dizziness is accompanied by:
- A new, different or severe headache
- Falling or trouble walking
- Hearing loss
Seek emergency medical care
Dizziness can be a symptom of a serious medical problem, such as a heart attack or a stroke. Call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency department if your dizziness is associated with:
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Changes in your vision or speech
- Serious head injury
- Leg or arm weakness
- Loss of consciousness that lasts more than just a few minutes