Chronic dizziness or lightheadedness can cause a person to fear physical activity and social situations, especially if the cause or trigger is unknown. At Corrielus Cardiology, we want to know about your lightheadedness symptoms as soon as possible, as it can be an indication that the function of your heart is compromised or malfunctioning. Our Philadelphia heart center provides state-of-the-art, integrative care when treating heart-related conditions, and we welcome the opportunity to help patients of all ages.
Causes of Lightheadedness
To determine the cause of your symptoms, it is important to understand the distinction between dizziness that is related to lightheadedness and dizziness in relation to vertigo. Lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to faint or "pass out." It typically dissipates or improves when lying down and does not involve a feeling of spinning. Vertigo, on the other hand, can cause dizziness that is associated with a feeling of movement, spinning or falling when there is no actual movement.
While occasional and brief episodes of lightheadedness are fairly common, if you experience this symptom frequently or for long periods of time, it may be a warning sign of a serious problem. A sudden drop in blood pressure and reduction of oxygenated blood to the head is often what produces a feeling of lightheadedness. Therefore, if your blood pressure is dropping quickly on a regular basis, the function of your heart may need to be evaluated. The problem may be within the walls of your arteries, since they contain sensors to control blood pressure, or in the heart pumping mechanism itself. Lightheadedness can sometimes be the result of an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), which may eventually lead to syncope or fainting.
Treatment of Chronic Dizziness
Corrielus Cardiology is exceptionally equipped to diagnose and treat your chronic dizziness. Dizziness can not only be dangerous to live with, but it can often produce feelings of nausea that can threaten your diet, exercise level and quality of life. Dr. Corrielus can perform a series of non-invasive cardiac tests to determine if you have an underlying heart condition that is triggering episodes of lightheadedness. The specific cause of your symptoms will determine your treatment plan. Please come prepared to discuss any other symptoms you are experiencing beyond chronic dizziness, such as chest pain, shortness of breath or nausea.
Get long-term relief for your chronic dizziness today by contacting Corrielus Cardiology today. We take a valued integrative approach to your heart health as well as your overall well-being.