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Common Cause of Dizziness May Spell Heart Trouble

Blood Pressure That Falls When You Stand May Be a Clue to Coming Heart Failure

Advice to Patients

Experts who were not involved in the research say the findings were interesting but preliminary.

“I don’t think that everybody who gets lightheaded or dizzy occasionally in their life should be concerned that they are going to get heart failure,” says David Frid, MD, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Rather, he says people who feel dizzy frequently or nearly every time they stand might want to mention the problem to their doctors.

“Maybe if they have a lot of risk factors for [heart] disease, but haven’t shown any true disease, maybe this is a sign that we need to evaluate it further and be more aggressive in managing their risk factors,” Frid says.

Those risk factors might include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or a family history of heart disease.

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