Dizziness is the sensation of lightheadedness and feeling that you might faint. The spatial orientation also leads one to a feeling of the room spinning around them. The period for which this feeling persists defines the intensity of the dizziness, which in turn defines the seriousness of the dizzy feeling. There are numerous common causes of dizziness, many of which are not very serious, and relief is possible without any treatment. However, there are also some causes of dizziness that need immediate medical attention.
Causes of dizziness can be both, cardiovascular as well as non-cardiovascular. In addition, sometimes certain medications are also known to cause dizziness. However, the common, but serious causes of dizziness include hypoglycemia, sudden decrease in blood pressure, heart conditions and anemia. You may feel dizzy even if you are mentally troubled and suffering from stress. Some diseases and disorders can also make you feel dizzy, among several other things.
In any of these cases, you must first consult your physician and relate to him all the signs and symptoms you are suffering from, to ensure a proper diagnosis. Dizziness related to heart conditions can be quite a serious problem, and should not be taken lightly.
Initially, we shall take a look at the list of heart conditions which are known to cause dizziness and then discuss a few.
- Angina Pectoris
- Heart Attacks
- Heart Murmurs (heart condition in children)
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Palpitations
- Congenital Heart Diseases
- Increased Cholesterol Levels
- Ventricular Tachycardia
- Heart Arrhythmia
- Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
- Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia
Heart Problems that Cause Dizziness
All these diseases or conditions are known to cause dizziness. People suffering from any of the following problems who experience dizziness, should immediately consult a medical professional.
Vascular relates to the blood vessels. Vascular vertigo indicates a condition marked by reduced blood supply to the different body parts. The blood circulation to the lowermost part of the brain, is especially reduced. This reduced blood circulation causes dizziness. Vascular vertigo may be caused due to a family history of heart attacks, strokes, or high blood pressure. Thus, dizziness is the major symptom in vascular vertigo.
Arteriosclerosis is a condition of narrowing of the lumen of arteries (Due to fat deposition) and can reduce the blood supply to important organs like the heart, brain and intestines. When the blood supply to the heart is reduced, the major symptom observed is dizziness and a feeling that you are fainting. Breathlessness is also commonly observed along with the dizziness.
Angina pectoris is nothing but severe pain in chest, brought on by a heart suffering from insufficient supply of oxygen. When the heart's oxygen demand is not met, it leads to angina pectoris. Dizziness and nausea are the main symptoms seen in the patients suffering from angina pectoris. It is commonly seen in men above 50 and women after their menopause.
Coronary Artery Disease
Dizziness along with the feeling of fullness and shortness of breath are common symptoms of coronary artery diseases. Severe chest pain is the major symptom in coronary artery disease.
Arrhythmia is a condition in which the heart rate is irregular. Palpitation and dizziness are the symptoms seen along with chest discomfort and breathlessness. Heart conditions in young adults include arrhythmia which causes dizziness.
Whenever you suffer from dizziness, you must consult a doctor. Do not ignore your heart health, otherwise it will prove to be very dangerous. However, heart condition is not always a major cause of dizziness. Therefore, it is necessary to get a check up from the doctor whenever you experience bouts of dizziness.