Dizziness may be a sign of something much more serious than we thought 16



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Everyone feels dizzy from time to time but these latest findings show just how seriously we should take an extended dizzy spell.

If you are feeling dizziness frequently, and for several minutes after you rise, new research shows this could be the sign of an underlying health problem.

Published in Neurology, researchers from Harvard Medical School say people who often feel dizzy after getting up may be at greater risk of a serious health condition called orthostatic hypotension.

Orostatic hypertension is the lowering of blood pressure after changing position, and may occur within 3 minutes of getting up or sitting down. In the study, the researchers analysed 165 medical records of people who had nervous system testing to see whether their autonomic nervous system was functioning normally.

Of these men and women, 48 had been diagnosed with delayed orthostatic hypotension (DOH), 42 had been diagnosed with OH – a more serious form of DOH – while 75 had neither condition. The average age of participants was 59.

But shockingly, 10 years after the initial diagnosis, 54 per cent of people were told they had OH, while another 31 per had either Parkinson’s disease or dementia with Lewy bodies, disease caused by abnormal protein accumulation in the brain.

Those with DOH who also had diabetes at at the beginning of the study were more likely to develop OH than those without diabetes.

Study author Dr Christopher Gibbons, of Harvard Medical School, says, “Our findings may lead to earlier recognition, diagnosis and treatments of this condition and possibly other underlying diseases that may contribute to early death.

If you feel that you are becoming dizzy more often than is normal, and for longer periods, it’s highly recommended to see your doctor and have tests done. It could save your life.


Tell us, do you have dizzy spells? What did you doctor put it down to? 

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  1. After seeking four corners last night what this gov is trying to do about health care testing with specialists may become harder for us, we need to insist our GPs for this.

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    • Carol I had a neighbor die of cancer to the spine about 2 years ago, Harry was 83 years old but fit and healthy, he looked 60 years old. He got a backache and for a month the DR told him rest and gave him painkillers before he sent him for xrays. They detected the cancer then, poor Harry only lived for another 3 months but if he did not have those tests, and they are the ones they want to cut, he would have died without knowing he was dying, at least he had time to get affairs in order and be treated with strong pain killing drugs because he had the test done. The ABC only gave one side of the story The Liberal side

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      • Yep. Medicare doesn’t compute with LNP ideology. Now the ABC is dancing to their tune. We’re screwed.

    • Yes, it is concerning where this gov wants to take us with our Health Services.
      I bet the politicians receive the best of everything they want.

  2. ’cause I’m fat my doctor whips out the blood pressure device on sight of me no matter what I’m there for. “disgustingly normal” and he always takes my blood pressure sitting down, then standing up and there is no change so apparently I don’t have that problem. I’m almost certain my dizzy spells are caused by my ears. I could give up dairy I suppose and not have a wax problem but unfortunately I’m a cheese-a-holic.

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