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By Center For Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery
July 16, 2015
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Dizziness   Vertigo  

Dizziness and VertigoThat dizzy feeling you have after exiting a carnival ride is normal; that's simply your brain trying to readjust itself to normal conditions. But if these feelings of lightheadedness or whirling happen for seemingly no reason, it may be time to visit the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery in Highland, Indiana. Here are a few common reasons that dizziness occurs, as seen by your Highland ear, nose and throat doctor.

Low blood pressure

When your blood pressure is abnormally low, the brain isn't getting enough oxygenated blood, which can result in a feeling of light-headedness. Some people naturally have low blood pressure and may not notice its effects unless they stand up or bend over too quickly. Others may be dehydrated or anemic (too few red blood cells), both of which can lead to dizziness. It is also a common side effect from a variety of medications, including those used to treat heart problems, anxiety or erectile dysfunction.

Diabetes

Dizziness is a common complaint from diabetic patients at your Highland ear nose and throat doctor. This symptom is often a result of poor blood sugar (glucose) regulation. Too little blood sugar (hypoglycemia) means that the brain is not receiving enough glucose to function properly; too much glucose (hyperglycemia) may result in an overactive metabolic response. Both conditions can cause dizziness and should be treated by a medical professional immediately.

Heart problems

Cardiac, or heart, diseases often produce dizziness if they are not managed properly. The heart may be beating too slowly (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia), or the heart muscle itself may be weak and unable to pump blood effectively. In each of these cases, the brain does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood and responds by creating a dizzy or lightheaded feeling.

There are other causes for dizziness, all of which should be evaluated by a doctor. If you've recently been experiencing dizzy spells, it's important you contact the Center for Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery soon to schedule an appointment with your Highland ear, nose and throat doctor.

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2203 45th Street, Suite B
Highland, IN 46322