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Is Dizziness a Sign of Brain Problem?

by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, Brain Health Expert
October 10, 2013

Question: My father has been experiencing recurrent spells of dizziness. Could that be a sign of a problem in his brain?

Answer: Recurrent spells of dizziness is not normal and does indeed indicate something is not correct in the brain. It does not necessarily  mean anything seriously is wrong, but it does deserve a call or visit to the geriatrician or primary care physician. Dizziness can occur because of rapidly changing blood pressure such as what happens when you get up too fast. It can occur from dehydration or malnutrition. It can also represent an infection such as an inner ear infection, urinary tract infection or a medication side effect. More serious considerations can include heart problems, sugar imbalance, transient ischemic attack, seizure, and migraine. These and other potential causes need to be checked by the medical doctor so proper treatment can be started.

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Dr. Nussbaum earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has provided care to older adults for over 25 years and specializes in normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders. His brain health lifestyle ® has been published in consumer friendly texts, presented to diverse audiences across the nation, and is frequently cited in the media.

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