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Dizziness: Lightheadedness and Vertigo - Prevention

You may be able to prevent lightheadedness caused by orthostatic hypotension by taking your time.

  • Get up slowly from your bed or chair.
  • Sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before standing.
  • Sit up or stand up slowly to avoid sudden changes in blood flow to your head that can make you feel lightheaded.

When you are dizzy, your risk of falling increases. You can make changes in your home to reduce your risk of falls.

For more information about falls, see the topic Preventing Falls.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: January 02, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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