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A 20-year-old female asked:

70 year old has been feeling dizzy and faint for the past week her blood pressure is 162/83. it has been always above 160, even with medication it doesnt resolve. she falls more often than usual and stays in bed all day now. is this normal?

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Do not believe dizziness is related to her blood pressure. A full evaluation is required to investigate the cause of the falls and the dizziness. Examination while she is symptomatic may help with regard to the rhythm and the blood pressure during episodes of dizziness. If an arrhythmia is suggested, she needs a Holter monitor Given the non-specific nature of symptoms she may need neuro evaluatio
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Agree blood pressure is NOT cause. Need to assess for anemia, dehydration, gait imbalance due to stroke or TIA, vitamin B-12 deficiency, cardiac arrhythmia, hypothyroidism, and the metabolic disorders. Have your doctor fully evaluate all of this.
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Last updated Jun 19, 2021

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