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Health Tip: If You Feel Faint

Posted 8 days ago by

-- Typical symptoms of feeling faint include feeling lightheaded, dizzy, weak, nauseated and sweaty, the American Academy of Family Physicians says. Fainting can be triggered by standing up too quickly, working or playing too hard in hot weather, breathing quickly, becoming very upset or by certain medications used to treat high blood pressure. The academy offers these suggestions if you feel ...

Health Tip: Feeling Dizzy? When to See Your Doctor

Posted 30 Aug 2018 by

-- Occasional dizziness should not be a major concern. But if you feel this way often and it begins to interfere with your daily life, you may have a balance disorder, the National Institutes of Health says. More than 40 percent of Americans will visit a doctor for an episode of dizziness at some point in their lives, the agency says. Common reasons for dizziness include ear infection, head ...

Get Dizzy Upon Standing? It Could Be Sign of Dementia Risk

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Are you a middle-aged person who tends to feel a little woozy when you stand up? If so, new research suggests you might need to worry more than most about developing dementia later in life. The study focused on a condition called orthostatic hypotension – where blood pressure drops sharply when a person stands up quickly. That can trigger sudden symptoms like ...

Fainting Rarely Tied to Blood Clot, Study Finds

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – A fainting spell is rarely caused by a blood clot in the lungs, and usually doesn't warrant extensive testing, new research suggests. A study of more than 1.6 million adults treated in the emergency department after fainting – medically known as a "syncope" – found less than 1 percent had a blockage in an artery leading to the lungs, or pulmonary embolism. The ...

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly

Posted 19 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – When elderly adults suffer a fainting spell, a blood clot in the lungs may be the culprit more often than doctors have realized, a new study suggests. Italian researchers found that among 560 patients hospitalized for a first-time fainting episode, one in six had a pulmonary embolism – a potentially fatal blood clot in a lung artery. One U.S. physician said the ...

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