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What to know about dizziness

People living with chronic disease are more likely to feel dizzy or lightheaded as a symptom of their disease or due to medication side effects.

This can increase the risk of falls and impact daily activities.

What to do when feeling dizzy

  • Sit down until the feeling stops
  • When sitting or standing, move slowly to avoid falls


How to prevent dizziness and light-headedness

  • Ensure medication is taken correctly, and speak to a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor about side effects
  • Stay active and exercise daily
  • Instead of eating a few large meals, eat several small meals during the day
  • Stay hydrated
  • Rest after eating
  • Sleep with head on a pillow(s)
  • Avoid very hot places (e.g., hot tubs, hot showers, or baths)
  • Make sure the home has proper lighting to avoid falls
  • Wear proper fitting footwear
  • Have mobility aids (walker, cane, etc.) nearby when standing up

Dizziness Storysheet

View the Dizziness Storysheet to learn more about what to do when someone is experiencing dizziness.

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