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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Lightheaded (Definition)

Lightheadedness is a sensation of feeling faint or "light in the head". It may be a symptom of Low blood pressure, or hypotension, which occurs when blood pressure during and after each heartbeat is much lower than usual. It may also occur when you are dehydrated, as my happen when severe morning ...Read more


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Dizziness and nausea with moderate chest pain with changes in heart rate when exercising standing feels better when rested ?

Dizziness and nausea with moderate chest pain with changes in heart rate when exercising standing feels better when rested ?

See doc: Any symptoms brought on by physical exertion merit further investigation. Given your young age coronary blockages are unlikely. A thorough exam and BP assessment including orthostatics-a murmur might suggest structural causes and if any is appreciated, an echo can be done to rule out hypertrophic cardiomyopathy/structural-congenital heart disease. Ecg/monitoring to rule out arrhythmias. ...Read more

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I get exhausted easily & i can feel my pulse pumping hard after minimal exertion e.G getting up stairs or carrying things. I'm anemic and underweight?

I get exhausted easily & i can feel my pulse pumping hard after minimal exertion e.G getting up stairs or carrying things. I'm anemic and underweight?

Concerned: You need to be evaluated by your physician. Your symptoms are serious and need an extensive work up including blood work, chest xray and an ekg. Please call your doctor for an urgent appointment or go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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After 10 stairs, I have extreme sob, headache, dizziness. Chest heavy/weight feeling all day. Hard to breathe laying down. Labored in general. Asthma?

After 10 stairs, I have extreme sob, headache, dizziness. Chest heavy/weight feeling all day. Hard to breathe laying down. Labored in general. Asthma?

Short of Breath: not likely asthma starting at 36. More worried about your heart or pneumonia. Need to be seen tonight at the nearest ER. Please have a family member take you or call an ambulance. ...Read more

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I have pots and get distressing episodes of tight chest with bad vomiting, sweating, air hunger and weakness. Oxygen and BP mostly remain normal. Occurs standing but also sitting up. Okay for pots?

I have pots and get distressing episodes of tight chest with bad vomiting, sweating, air hunger and weakness. Oxygen and BP mostly remain normal. Occurs standing but also sitting up. Okay for pots?

Diagnostic: Symptoms are diagnostic of pots. If not well controlled then increase your salt and water intake, wear support stockings, get up cautiously, and may need meds like midodrine or flourinef. Midodrine increases the vascular tone and keeps blood from pooling in your feet and the other drug is a salt retaining steroid .Recognize signs and symptoms so you can sit and raise your legs to abort an episode. ...Read more

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17,athlete.tired all the time.after practice get very sleepy.never felt this way. eat well and hydrated. pronounced pounding of heart w exertion.

17,athlete.tired all the time.after practice get very sleepy.never felt this way. eat well and hydrated. pronounced pounding of heart w exertion.

More info please: Are you sleeping well? Any recent fever or other viral symptoms? What is your sport? While the new symptom of heart pounding may be significant, the sleepiness is not usually a feature of exercise intolerance related to an abnormal heart rhythm. Most patients report malaise, dizziness, fainting or nausea and vomiting. There can sometimes be swelling of limbs. Do you have any of these signs? ...Read more

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Symptoms: heart beats over 105 even in relax,sudden weight loss,easily get tired when going up on stairs (20 steps) and slightly pale?

Symptoms: heart beats over 105 even in relax,sudden weight loss,easily get tired when going up on stairs (20 steps) and slightly pale?

Need to see doctor: Fast heart rate, unintended weight loss and weakness warrant seeing a doctor for an in-person evaluation. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and may be doing some tests. ...Read more

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Get bad headaches when I exercise hard enough to get my heart rate up to about 180. Head hurts and feel like vomiting for 10 min after stop exercise.

Get bad headaches when I exercise hard enough to get my heart rate up to about 180. Head hurts and feel like vomiting for 10 min after stop exercise.

Several reasons . .: Several possible reasons for your nausea and your headaches, so please go see your doctor for further evaluation. HOWEVER, the one thing that is NOT abnormal is your heart rate of 180. In fact, at the age of 23, your maximal predictable heart rate is actually above 190. It is POSSIBLE that all of your symptoms may simply be related to exercising at a heart rate too close to your max. ...Read more

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symptoms: heart beats over 105 even in relax,sudden weight loss,easily get tired when going up on stairs (20 staircase) and slightly pale?

 symptoms: heart beats over 105 even in relax,sudden weight loss,easily get tired when going up on stairs (20 staircase) and slightly pale?

TSH LEVELS: I believe that the very first thing that would come to mind to any physician would be hyperthyroidism. You need lab testing to include specifically a TSH level ...Read more

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Feel generally unwell everyday, hard to stand without feeling weak and feel heavy like i'm being weighed down. Extreme fatigue.

Feel generally unwell everyday, hard to stand without feeling weak and feel heavy like i'm being weighed down. Extreme fatigue.

Go see your Dr : And get checked for thyroid condition, anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, autoimmune condition etc. Take care! http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=120806. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fatigue/my00120. ...Read more

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Stress overload!!! Puking up Shaking Overheating Nausea Headache Lathargic Angered easily Heart pounding Any advice on how or cope better and stop?

Stress overload!!!

Puking up
Shaking
Overheating
Nausea
Headache
Lathargic
Angered easily
Heart pounding

Any advice on how or cope better and stop?

See below: A breathing meditation called the 4-7-8 technique is excellent for immediate relaxation, and easy to do. To see a video demonstrating it SEE: http://bit.ly/1uyQgg8 For good advice on stress SEE: http://bit.ly/1t1LbhG For a very good APP for stress reduction get the Stress and Anxiety Companion SEE: http:///bit.ly/104V8hb If needed get professional help dealing with you problem. ...Read more

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Underweight, low blood pressure, fast and slow resting hbr, achy legs and arms, breathless with stairs and dizzy spells. Is it my heart?

Underweight, low blood pressure, fast and slow resting hbr, achy legs and arms, breathless with stairs and dizzy spells. Is it my heart?

M.D. visit: A first step in the management of these symptoms is to have your cardio-pulmonary condition assessed. Pulmonary arterial hypertension should be considered in the work up. ...Read more

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25yodiagnosed w pots syndrome by tilt table test. When I get hot or move positions I keep feeling faint & pass out. I drink lots water and eat healty?

25yodiagnosed w pots syndrome by tilt table test. When I get hot or move positions I keep feeling faint & pass out. I drink lots water and eat healty?

See below: Treatment of pots (postural tachycardia syndrome) can be challenging. Some patients improve with Fludrocortisone which retain fluid and prevent the drop in blood pressure that causes lightheadedness. Drinking plenty of fluids is usually helpful. There are other drug therapies than can be tried if symptoms persist often a therapeutic trial is necessary to find what works best in an individual. ...Read more

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Symp-nervsys. sets of in xtreme way after doing small things like standing up or walking small stairs, should i avoid traning? hr and BP gets xtreme

Symp-nervsys. sets of in xtreme way after doing small things like standing up or walking small stairs, should i avoid traning? hr and BP gets xtreme

I don't think so!: Exercise should eventually help you but you may need to progress more slowly! Your medications may not be optimal to control your anxiety disorder. We have newer and much more effective meds now than Paxil! You also may need a higher dose of metoprolol ! I would talk to your physician about these medicines, and if he is not aware of newer and better therapy, including biofeedback perhaps seek an ...Read more

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120kg walking hard to lose weight + not getting tired + having heart skipping ,walking like 2 hours fast with a lot of up hills Im I over exercising ?

Dr. Craig Lum Dr. Lum
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120kg walking hard to lose weight + not getting tired + having heart skipping ,walking like 2 hours fast with a lot of up hills Im I over exercising ?

Over exercising: Hard to say if you're over exercising, but I will definitely say you are doing the best you can physically to lose weight. Be sure you're complimenting your activity level with controlling your oral intake. If you use up calories, but make it up by consuming a lot after a heavy work out, then you're not really helping yourself. Make sure your diet is well balanced. See a nutritionist for advice ...Read more

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After stressfull aerobic, If I stop or squat while my heart is beating fast, I get 1 slow beat and short of breath feeling.worse with Jarring motions?

After stressfull aerobic, If I stop or squat while my heart is beating fast, I get 1 slow beat and short of breath feeling.worse with Jarring motions?

Squatting: If you squat or gag on purpose while your heart is racing, the vagus nerve is stimulated causing temporary slowing of the heart rate. This sudden slowing can make you lightheaded or feel short of breath. If your heart races during nonexertional times, you should have a cardiac evaluation by your physician or a cardiologist and appropriate tests will be done. ...Read more

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lightheaded after hard exercise? have to close my eyes for a minute or so until its better but why? I'm fully hydrated and not anemic.17.im an athlete

lightheaded after hard exercise? have to close my eyes for a minute or so until its better but why? I'm fully hydrated and not anemic.17.im an athlete

Blood pressure : You are 17. Hard exercise makes you light headed. You close your eyes to cure. For one week you should try to double the hydration amount. If still light headed try bending down not closing eyes. Also see your doctor to check your hemoglobin, anemia is relative. Last your blood pressure may be low as a young girl as you exercise it may get too low and you'll need physician supervision. ...Read more

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When i do hard exercise, max workouts I feel really off afterwards...shaky, surroundings move to heartbeat.i don't faint but i feel lightheaded&lay do?

When i do hard exercise, max workouts I feel really off afterwards...shaky, surroundings move to heartbeat.i don't faint but i feel lightheaded&lay do?

Hypoglycemic: Make sure you've eaten some protein before exercising and perhaps even during depending on length and intensity. Also it's super important to stay hydrated before during and after exercise and make sure your electrolytes are not too depleted which can happen when you sweat too much and don't replace essential mineral salts like potassium. An energy drink with electrolytes (like Gatorade) can help. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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26 years old. High school athlete. Not active for past 5 years. Light headed, weak legs, cloudy vision, hard to breathe during exercise. What's wrong?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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26 years old. High school athlete. Not active for past 5 years. Light headed, weak legs, cloudy vision, hard to breathe during exercise. What's wrong?

Lack of exercise: may cause blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue and muscle weakness. Because these symptoms can be caused by many other health problems, the visit to your PCP is warranted. ...Read more

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Having hard time describing symptom I think lightheaded but it's not the kind where u feel like u pass out sometimes swaying feeling I do have anxiety?

Having hard time describing symptom I think lightheaded but it's not the kind where u feel like u pass out sometimes swaying feeling I do have anxiety?

Sensory ataxia?: This is speculation, based only on the minimal information you provide: if you feel unsteady on your feet and it gets worse with your eyes closed or in the dark, you could have a peripheral neuropathy. These have many possible causes. If that's your problem, see your doctor. It would not be a trivial matter. I could be completely wrong; this is just a shot in the dark. ...Read more

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Sat down post exercise,hr decreased to 125; stayed there for about 25 minutes.diastolic and systolic bp progressively decreased to 84/54.v lightheaded?

Sat down post exercise,hr decreased to 125; stayed there for about 25 minutes.diastolic and systolic bp progressively decreased to 84/54.v lightheaded?

You need to be seen: for an assessment of your heart, ECG / other tests may be needed, start with your doctor, who may refer you to a cardiologist, don't exercise for now till seen, best wishes ...Read more

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Why is it hard to breathe and I feel lightheaded?

Why is it hard to breathe and I feel lightheaded?

Symptoms: Lots of possibilities for what you describe, see your doctor to find out what' going on. ...Read more

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Why do I get lightheaded when i exercise?

Why do I get lightheaded when i exercise?

Low blood pressure: You may have low blood pressure. Please make sure to drink and eat well. Dehydration and anemia may lead to low blood pressure. Pls consult your doctor to check for anemia, low blood pressure and hear murmur. ...Read more

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A little light headed during exercise?

Light headed: During excercize it's important to get enough oxygen to the brain so make sure your blood flow is sufficient by hydrating sufficiently. Some salt in the diet helps the water stay with you. If dizziness or pain persists. Stop exercising and see your doctor before continuing as your heart may be the cause. ...Read more

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Sometimes i get lightheaded when i laugh real hard?

Sometimes i get lightheaded when i laugh real hard?

Laugh syncope: I've heard of this before. Laugh- induced syncope or gelastic syncope is usually self limited and results from temporary decreased blood flow to the brain. Breathing reflexes result in strong stimulus to rebreathe. If you have heart problems or other concerns regarding this laugh-induced occurence, please discuss with your md. ...Read more

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I sometimes cough so hard i get very lightheaded and feeling like i'm going to faint. Is this at all possible?

I sometimes cough so hard i get very lightheaded and feeling like i'm going to faint. Is this at all possible?

Syncope: Yes it is possible. The more vigorous or prolonged continuous cough are the more likely to cause the fainting or lightheadedness. This is due to an exaggerated physiological response to the increase intrathoracic pressure and the effect of the valsalva upon the pulmonary arteries and veins. ...Read more

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I bumped my head pretty hard yesterday morning and ever since i've had a mild headache and feel a little lightheaded. Should i worry?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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I bumped my head pretty hard yesterday morning and ever since i've had a mild headache and feel a little lightheaded.  Should i worry?

Concussion: Concussion is fancy way of describing traumatic brain injury. Fact that you have a mild headache & feel lightheaded means you've sustained a concussion. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/concussion/ds00320 for more info. I wouldn't worry but instead urge you to seek medical evaluation if it gets worse or continues. Also tell family & close friends so they'll watch you carefully 4 changes. ...Read more

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I have been getting lightheaded everytime I get up and my breathing has been getting harder. Like if I can't breath. I'm only 18 can someone help?

I have been getting lightheaded everytime I get up and my breathing has been getting harder. Like if I can't breath. I'm only 18 can someone help?

Lightheaded: You are probably just suffering from vertigo and the anxiety associated with it is causing you to be worried and short of breath. Pay attention to the breathing carefully. Are you wheezing? Have you ever had breathing issues before? At your age I doubt it is a breathing problem. If it continues see an ENT doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I sometimes get light headed at work when im walking around at a good pace, im in verygood shape and exercise regularly. Also my uniform weighs 20lbs?

I sometimes get light headed at work when im walking around at a good pace, im in verygood shape and exercise regularly.  Also my uniform weighs 20lbs?

Low BP?: There are many possibilities, and one likely one is episodes of low blood pressure, possibly due to dehydration, could also be adrenal fatigue. A more rare possibility could be a neurological problem or a cardiac problem (arrythmia) if this has been persistant, then you should go see your doctor and get an evaluation. ...Read more

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My head is under severe pressure, and i don't know what it is my head feels as if someone is squeezing it really hard. It started around when i woke up and is still happening now. I feel light headed as well. Please help me!

My head is under severe pressure, and i don't know what it is my head feels as if someone is squeezing it really hard. It started around when i woke up and is still happening now. I feel light headed as well. Please help me!

By : By the date of this post about a week has passed. I hope your symptoms have resolved or you saw a medical professional. For the future or for anyone reading this post, in a situation like this you should got to the urgent care or er. Seriously things such a bleed in your brain and/or stroke are dangerous and need to be ruled out. On the other hand it could have been a sinus infection with resultant headache, migraine or tension headache, etc. All the best. ...Read more

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It hard for me to breath and take deep breaths. And I feel light headed ?

It hard for me to breath and take deep breaths. And I feel light headed ?

Need more info: it is very hard to tell exactly what your problem is without more information. If you are wheezing then, you may be having an asthma attack. If you are simply breathing very shallowly then, you may be hyperventilating. This could be due to nervousness, anxiousness, or pain. If this just developed and you have chest pain associated with breathing then, you should go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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What can I do if i've been feeling light headed / dizzy after activity / exercise?

What can I do if i've been feeling light headed / dizzy after activity / exercise?

Blood pressure falls: Routinely after physical exertion you experience a fall in blood pressure, more so if dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids before and during exercise! grip a tennis ball after stopping your sporting activities. This will help maintian blood pressure. Fluids are still most important! water is best! ...Read more

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Lab work all came back normal. What are some causes of becoming lightheaded? It can happen randomly but most often during exercise.

Lab work all came back normal. What are some causes of becoming lightheaded? It can happen randomly but most often during exercise.

Heart?: I would expect lab to be normal. I would be more concerned about your ekg, listening to your heart and in performing a cardiac echo and event monitor. Cardiac dysrhythmia of some sort may be your culprit. If not could be dehydration or anxiety. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of Midrin last, HA completely gone, but hard to stand up without having presyncope symptoms and feeling lightheaded

How long do the side effects of Midrin last, HA completely gone, but hard to stand up without having presyncope symptoms and feeling lightheaded

Less than 24 hours: If you are still feeling lightheaded and presyncopal, please be sure to hydrate with water and electrolytes as well as consume caffeinated beverages but if symptoms persist please see your health care provider for further guidance and managements. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

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