Feelings of dizziness are quite common, and may indicate a few different conditions, including lightheadedness or vertigo.
Lightheadedness can cause you to feel dizzy or that you are about to pass out, without the feeling that your surroundings are moving. Often, this feeling of lightheadedness goes away once you lie down.
Vertigo produces the sensation that you or your surroundings are moving or spinning when neither actually is. The sensation of being off balance or tilting is also be an indicator of vertigo.
Use the guidelines below if you are not sure whether your dizziness requires emergency care at a Denver hospital.
Certain symptoms accompanying dizziness may require emergency care
If rest does not ease dizziness or if you become severely off-balance, you should immediately visit the ER. If dizziness is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should also seek emergency care:
- Double vision and loss of vision
- Slurred speech
- Numbness or weakness in the muscles
- Difficulty walking
- Dizziness associated with trauma
Dizziness can be more serious for those with certain conditions
If you have any of the medical conditions listed below and are experiencing bouts of dizziness, you should seek emergency care:
- Individuals over the age of 50
- Individuals with a history of fainting associated with dizziness
- Individuals with heart disease or previous stroke
A Denver hospital close to home
The expert physicians and staff at the Rose Medical Center ER are dedicated to treating severe dizzy spells and other conditions. As a Level IV trauma center, we provide comprehensive care ranging from treatment of chest pain and stroke to abdominal pain and orthopedic injuries. In addition, our world-class OB hospitalists are committed to treating mothers dealing with pregnancy issues. No matter the treatment, Rose Medical Center works to be one of the top hospitals in Denver, in regards to both limited wait time and high-quality care.