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Feeling Lightheadedness or Dizzy when Standing: What are Symptoms of a Heart Condition?
Dizziness upon standing: Symptoms of a heart condition
Do you ever feel dizzy or lightheaded? Perhaps you are experiencing a bit of vertigo? It could just be due to fatigue, bad footing or sinus pressure. Dizziness upon standing could also be alerting you to something more serious. You may have a condition known as orthostatic hypotension.
Orthostatic hypotension: If you get dizzy after you stand up it is usually due to a drop in your blood pressure. Dizziness and lightheadedness upon standing may be a symptom of orthostatic hypotension.
What does this have to do with my heart? According to a recent study, patients with orthostatic hypotension are 54% more likely to develop heart failure.
What is heart failure? The function of the heart is to pump blood to the body. Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to effectively pump blood to all of the body.
5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure, and about 300,000 people die from it each year, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
How are you tested for orthostatic hypotension? Your physician will measure your normal blood pressure. This is taken from the normal sitting position. Your doctor will also measure your blood pressure while you are lying down and again immediately after standing. If your systolic or diastolic pressure drops significantly after standing you may be affected by orthostatic hypotension.
Arteriosclerosis: Orthostatic hypotension may also be an indicator of arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is caused by high blood pressure and the build up of plaque in the arteries. The plaque build up narrows the passageway for the blood in the arteries. The arterias also become stiffer. Arteriosclerosis is sometimes called, atherosclerosis.
Why is arteriosclerosis dangerous? The plaque that builds up in the arteries may break off and cause a blockage. This blockage may eventually lead to a stroke or heart attack.
Other common causes of dizziness can be due to:
- sinus issues
- a flu or cold
- low blood sugar
Serious causes of dizziness may be caused by:
- heart attack
- abnormal heartbeat
Factors that can increase risk of heart failure:
- high blood pressure
- coronary heart disease
- orthostatic hypotension
Reference Links and Quotes
We identified orthostatic hypotension as a predictor of incident heart failure among middle-aged individuals, particularly those 45 to 55 years of age. This association may be partially mediated through hypertension.
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What can you do?
First, don't dismiss potential warnng flags. If you are dizzy or lightheaded when you stand it would be best practice to be evaluated by your physician.
The bottom line here is to live a healthy lifestyle and have routine medical checkups. A proper diet and exercise can keep heart ailments at bay.
A diet rich in essential fatty acids have been shown to improve heart and brain function. Essential fatty acids are found in omega-3 and omega-6 supplements. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will also help support healthy body functions. Avoid artery clogging fats that may hinder your body's natural functions.
Supplements to consider:
Both of these supplements are a rich source of essential fatty acids.
Disclaimer: Information in this hub is research based. The author is not a physician and does not diagnose or treat health issues. The information provided in this hub should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction.
© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares