6 June: Q&A with Dr Basel El-Hanbali

I’m a twenty eight year old woman in good health. I recently started experiencing bouts of dizziness and feeling light headed and I fainted last week. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. What could be causing this?

Dr Basel El-Hanbali, Consultant Cardiologist, Spire Leeds Hospital

Dizziness is a common description for many different feelings and is difficult to describe. There are many causes of dizziness and they vary from simple, harmless ones to life threatening conditions.

The fact that your symptoms are new and escalated to a collapse makes the need for further tests important. Timely and careful evaluation of dizziness offers the best outcome whatever the cause. More common and less serious conditions such as migraines, headaches and hyperventilation may be associated with dizziness. Blood pressure tablets, sedatives, antidepressants, pain killers and some antibiotics could also be the cause.

Low blood oxygen, low blood sugars, dehydration, menopause and old age are also associated with dizziness. Anaemia and internal bleeding, nerve dysfunction, depression, anxiety, panic and hormonal imbalance are among other causes. Ear and other infections can produce severe dizziness.

More serious causes of dizziness include heart disease such as irregular heart beats, heart attacks, weakened heart muscle, and brain disease such as strokes Dizziness with no clear or certain cause, sudden dizziness, worsening or new symptoms, and dizziness with ongoing infection or newly prescribed drugs is a cause to investigate the matter further

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Dr Basel El-Hanbali
Dr Basel El-Hanbali, consultant cardiologist, Spire Leeds Hospital, Roundhay, Leeds

Dr Basel El-Hanbali, consultant cardiologist, Spire Leeds Hospital

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