Change in your normal heart rate or rhythm and lightheadedness
Your heart rate may increase with illnesses, such as a cold
or flu, especially if you have a fever.
Lightheadedness can be common with these illnesses
because you may not be able to drink enough fluids to replace any fluid loss
from fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. A sudden drop in your blood pressure when
you change positions (orthostatic hypotension) also can cause
lightheadedness. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to relieve your
A very fast or very slow heart rate also can reduce the
amount of blood flow from the heart to the brain and cause lightheadedness.
This may be a sign of a heart problem and needs to be evaluated by a health
Lots of people worry about atherosclerosis -- or hardening of the arteries
-- as a factor in heart
disease and stroke. But did you know that diabetes, high
cholesterol, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity are
all major risk factors for atherosclerosis?
Take the case of Barbie Perkins-Cooper, 57, a writer from Mount Pleasant,
S.C. When she discovered that she had type 2
diabetes, she also discovered that she was at risk for atherosclerosis.
What's worse: her high cholesterol...