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Dizziness (cont.)

When should I seek medical care for dizziness?

Dangerous, life-threatening illness may start only with dizziness. Call a doctor if any of the following occur:

  • Any severe first time or new instances of dizziness
  • Dizziness without a clear or certain cause, or sudden dizziness
  • Any change in an established pattern of dizziness
  • Worsening or new symptoms
  • Dizziness after taking newly prescribed medications, or recent changes in previous prescriptions

Call 911, or go to an emergency department if dizziness is associated with the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or history of heart disease
  • Loss of consciousness, fainting, or nearly fainting
  • Facial droop, slurred speech, weakness on one side of the body, or inability to walk straight
  • Fever or pale skin
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/13/2014

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