Dizziness is often a symptom of some heart condition though it may be caused by other conditions as well.
What is Dizziness?
Term dizziness refers to sensation of lightheadedness, feeling of weakness and faint. Dizziness causes feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning. Severity of dizziness depends on the period of time for which dizziness persists. Dizziness can be caused by number of factors and it doesn’t always indicate a serious condition. Dizziness is usually relieved without any treatment but sometimes, if the cause is serious, it requires medical attention.
Causes of DizzinessDizziness can be caused by both high blood pressure and low blood pressure. It may be also caused by arrhythmia, abnormal heart rate, anemia and dehydration. Different medications, stress, infections, low blood sugar, headaches, migraine, stroke, and hyperventilation can lead to dizziness too. In any case, if you experience dizziness, you should consult your health care provider in order to get correct diagnosis.
Dizziness Caused by Heart Conditions
Following heart conditions lead to dizziness: arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris, heart failure, heart murmurs, heart palpitations, coronary artery disease, congenital heart, disease, high cholesterol levels, ventricular tachycardia, heart arrhythmia, primary pulmonary hypertension and arrhythmogenic right ventricular displasia.
Vascular VertigoVascular vertigo is characterized by reduced supply of blood to various part of the body especially to the brain. Because of this poor blood circulation dizziness commonly occurs as a main symptom of vascular vertigo. This condition can be caused by hereditary tendencies toward stroke, heart attack or hypertension.
ArteriosclerosisArteriosclerosis refers to hardening and loss of elasticity of arteries which leads to reduced blood supply to the heart, brain and intestines. Arteriosclerosis is commonly accompanied with dizziness.
Angina pectoris refers to chest pain and discomfort due to inadequate oxygen supply to the heart. People suffering from angina pectoris typically experience nausea and dizziness. Men are at higher risk of developing angina pectoris than women, especially men older than 50 but the condition can be seen in women after menopause as well. Coronary Artery DiseaseCoronary artery disease refers to plaque build up inside the coronary arteries. It is the most common type of heart disease. Symptoms of this condition are shortness of breath and dizziness although the main symptom is severe pain in the chest.
ArrhythmiaArrhythmia represents abnormal heart rhythm. Symptoms of arrhythmia include dizziness, palpitations, chest pain and shortness of breath. This condition can be caused by abnormal hormone levels, heart attack, imbalance in blood chemistry and use of certain substances and medicines.