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Heart One Associates

Board Certified Cardiologist, Vein Specialist, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Structural Heart Specialists located in Phoenix, AZ & Peoria, AZ & Buckeye, AZ

Dizziness can come on when you stand up too quickly or spin around too many times. However, if you catch yourself having frequent dizzy spells for no apparent reason, you may have an underlying heart concern. Heart One Associates has a team of leading cardiologists committed to delivering exceptional cardiovascular care to people in and around Peoria, Buckeye, and Phoenix, Arizona. Find out what's causing your dizziness. Schedule a heart health assessment today over the phone or book one online.

Dizziness Q & A

What are the symptoms of dizziness?

In general terms, dizziness is when you feel unsteady on your feet. However, symptoms can feel different from one person to the next. They may include:

  • Feeling like the room is moving or spinning
  • Feeling lightheaded or faint
  • Losing balance
  • Feeling woozy
  • Feeling like you're floating or swaying

Rather than being a condition itself, dizziness is typically a symptom of an underlying health problem. If your symptoms are accompanied by sudden chest pain, trouble breathing, and an irregular or rapid heartbeat, call 911. And if you have concerns about your heart health, schedule a health exam at Heart One Associates.

Which cardiovascular conditions cause dizziness?

One of the most common causes of dizziness is a drop in blood pressure — the force of blood as it presses against the blood vessels' walls. Blood pressure measurements involve two metrics: the pressure at which the heart pumps blood (systolic pressure) and the pressure between pumps (diastolic pressure). Cardiovascular conditions that cause dizziness include: 

  • Low heart rate (bradycardia)
  • Heart attack
  • Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmias)
  • Heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy).

Blood pressure-lowering medication can also bring on dizziness by causing your blood pressure to fall too much.

If dizziness frequently occurs in your day-to-day activities, see one of the experienced providers at Heart One Associates for an assessment to make sure there's nothing more serious going on.

What should I do if I experience dizziness?

When dizziness overcomes you, sit down until the feeling passes. Take your time standing up, and be careful walking until you feel steady on your feet again. 

If you're experiencing frequent bouts of dizziness that cause you to fall, you can prevent further accidents by taking precautions around your home. Push furniture and other items aside so you don't hit your head on them, use non-slip mats in showers and baths and on tiled floors, and keep loose cables and wires tucked safely away.

Dizziness can cause harm or an accident if it comes on when you're driving, so avoid getting behind the wheel of a vehicle until you have seen your provider at Heart One Associates for treatment.

Dizziness can be an early indication of a serious heart condition, but you can receive treatment in its early stages when you partner with the team at Heart One Associates. Call the practice today or request an appointment online.